Cultural organisation Wrishiz Shilpi Goshthi arranged a programme to pay homage to 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim on September 15 in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). The programme was held at the National Music and Dance Centre, BSA. Director General of BSA Kamal Lohani, noted folklorist and director general of Bangla Academy, Dr. Shamsuzzaman Khan; Professor Mridul Kanti Chakrobarty of Department of Music, Dhaka University and general secretary of Shammilita Shanskritik Jote, Golam Kuddus spoke on the life and works of Abdul Karim at the programme.In his speech Professor Mridul Kanti said, "Shah Abdul Karim was a bard of the masses. He inspired people through his highly-rated songs."In his remarks, Golam Kuddus urged the authorities, such as the Bangla Academy, and the Shilpakala Academy, to uphold and promote Karim's songs in authentic manner.Noted ganosangeet artiste and head of Wrishiz, Fakir Alamgir presided over the programme.Members of Wrishiz also performed songs at the programme. The performance included Karim's ever-familiar number "Agey ki shundor din kataitam" and Hemanga Biswas' "Ei shamadhi taley."Among others, ganosangeet artiste Fakir Shahabuddin and lyrist Shahidullah Farazi paid tributes to the bard at the programme.Shah Abdul Karim passed away on September 12 at the age of 93.