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ALAN LOMAX INTERVIEWED JASIM UDDIN 1951

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Published on Jul 25, 2012

ALAN LOMX INTERVIEWED JASIM UDDIN 1951

Alan Lomax was one of the great American field collectors of folk music. Cultural Equity has made available online the recordings that Alan Lomax made of Poet Jasim Uddin in London in 1951: Todd Harvey recently discovered two photographs of Poet Jasim Uddin among the materials in Alan Lomax collection.

Alan Lomax and Jasim uddin have many parallel quality and lifestyle - both loved traditional
heritage. Jasim uddin collected several thousands of folk songs but as Dr. Dinesh Chandra sen died he had no patronizer. Jasim Uddin come from a poor country and traditional music - ballets are getting lost for ever. Like Lomax he fought all his life for traditional music - the root of Bangladesh.

Alan Lomax (January 31, 1915 - July 19, 2002) was one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker. Lomax also produced recordings, concerts, and radio shows in the U.S and in England, which played an important role in both the American and British folk revivals of the 1940s, '50s and early '60s. During the New Deal, with his father, famed folklorist and collector John A. Lomax and later alone and with others, Lomax recorded thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress on aluminum and acetate discs.


The Association for Cultural Equity has made available online the recordings that Alan Lomax made of Poet Jasim Uddin in London in 1951:
Todd Harvey recently discovered two photographs of Poet Jasim Uddin among the materials in our Alan Lomax collection. Courtesy Jennifer A. Cutting, Folklife Specialist (Reference),American Folklife Center,Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, D.C. 20540 - 4610

Jasim uddin met Alan Lomax at Indiana Polis Folklore Conference and became close friends. They celebrated days and night together and Jasim Uddin writes in his book "Chale musafir" (1951) swweet memories and invited Alan Lomax to visit Bangladesh (E. Pakistan)..

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