The word sonar literally means "made of gold", with "sona" meaning gold, and "ar" showing possession. It is used as a term of endearment meaning "beloved", but in the song the words sonar Bangla may be interpreted to express the preciousness of Bengal. The song was written in during the first partition of Bengal , when the ruling British Empire had an undivided province of Bengal Presidency split into two parts; the decision was announced on 19 July by the then-Viceroy of India Lord Curzon , taking effect on 16 October. This divide of Bengal, being along communal lines— East Bengal and Assam having a majority of Muslims and West Bengal having a majority of Hindus—is claimed to have undermined India's national movement against the UK's imperialism and to have been politically motivated.
Amnesty International released a music video today on the occasion of International Day of Education to make an appeal to the people in Bangladesh and around the world to support education for all children in the Rohingya and host communities in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi hip-hop lyricist and musician Mahmud Hasan Tabib and child artist Rana Mridha, who became popular on YouTube for their songs promoting education of underprivileged children in the country, lent their voices to the song. Otherwise, it will be a mistake, injustice will increase. They will be silenced by the rage of the sinners. Thousands of Rohingya children and youth are denied access to education in the villages and towns in Myanmar as well as in places where they have sought refuge. The consequence of growing these children without access to education is to risk them to life of poverty and exploitation including in some cases through serious criminal activity such as drug smuggling, child trafficking or recruitment into violent armed groups. Nearly one million Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar because of actions by the military in the country, many of which amount to crimes against humanity. Amnesty International launched a petition in major countries across the global movement calling on governments to support Bangladesh in educating the Rohingya refugee and host community children. A global petition also calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to ensure that quality education in appropriate language and accredited curriculum protects the diversity of social, cultural and linguistic identity of both the communities.
Popeye is a Bangladeshi music project that has been active for a decade. They do not perform in concerts, nor appear on television, and cannot be heard on the radio. Yet they have quietly garnered a cult following among rock-fusion lovers in Bangladesh over the last few years. In an exclusive interview with Dhaka Tribune Showtime's Faruque Ratul , the members of the project reveal details of their journey and the obstacles they have had to overcome.