Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 05:03:47 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Aviation father Aminur remembered

By bdnews24.com
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Those were extraordinary times that gave birth to a befitting hero. Aviator, musician, photographer and all-round visionary - Captain Aminur Rahman was all that in just one life.
Born in 1916, he flew the first flight of independent Bangladesh in December of 1971. He founded East Bengal Flying Club which is now Bangladesh Flying Academy.The late pilot's 100th birth anniversary brought together a select group of 100 guests and drew numerous messages from admirers and followers.
'The Biggles of Bengal' - Rashid Suhrawardy remembered his title in a speech sent to the event hosted in his honour at a hotel in Dhaka on Tuesday. The message by the actor, son of the Awami League founder Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, was read out by the pilot's granddaughter Tani Deepawali Nawaz.   
But unlike comic book aviator Biggles, Aminur Rahman and his work were real.
Rashid Suhrawardy remembered how his father, another arid photographer, was moved by the captain's skills while sitting in his cockpit as he captured in film the "devastation and cruelty of calamitious floods" in the Bengal Delta.  "You have given me a wonderful understanding of the river system of East Pakistan (Bengal)," he quoted the late Suhrawardy as saying. Another of his student and admirer was Capt Shahab Uddin Ahmed Bir Uttam, one of the very few civilian holders of the title. The Liberation War hero remembered meeting his 'guardian' Aminur Rahman as a young cadet of the East Bengal Flying Club in 1963.  "He guided all of us so that we move up our path in aviation," he told bdnews24.com.   Capt Shahab Uddin recounted the 1970 cyclone whose deadly aftermath irreversibly changed the political scenario of South Asia and with that some extraordinary flying skills. Aminur Rahman would take his amphibious aircraft, for relief work, to the far reaches of Barisal where tens of thousands were killed. "It is not at all easy to fly those planes. Their pilots must possess some serious skills because amphibious planes make flying and landing very difficult," he said.
It was not just the skies he explored in all its depths, said composer Azad Rahaman. The pilot, also a flute maestro, was a disciple of Pandit Pannalal Ghosh. "He was related to the skies, so he became quite great himself. With that he became a valid citizen of another great world."
Aminur had mastered among many other classical musical skills 'the Alaap' in Dhrupad style besides the art of flute-making itself. "He was so musical-minded that whenever he would start four engines of the aircraft in sequence, he never used the gauge for the remaining three engines. He tuned it by his ear," said Pandit Nityanand Haldipur, whose father was also a disciple of Pandit Pannalal, in his message dedicated to 'Minto Da'.
"Some of the pilot fraternity have contributed to the liberation of our country. The late Aminur Rahman was able in some measure to contribute to this overwhelming process and events, directly and indirectly, through those he trained or the trainers he trained," said Dr Dipu Moni in her concluding speech for the family-hosted ceremony. Formerly the foreign minister, she is married to the pilot's son Towfique Nawaz.
Three more events are set to follow this year to shed light on his flying, music and the values he would have promoted. The theme to mark his 100th year, she said, was quite suitably, "in the one life he lived."

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Ronaldo '1,000 percent' with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo said on Saturday he is "1,000 percent committed" to staying with Juventus next season after claiming his first Serie A title.Massimiliano Allegri's side needed just one point to nail down its eighth straight league championship, which helped ease some of the pain of its shock Champions League exit ...

International »

Top Democrats leave open option of Trump impeachment after Mueller report

Reuters, Washington :Top congressional Democrats left the door open on Sunday to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, but said they would first need to complete their own investigations into whether he obstructed justice in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.Some party leaders have cautioned against impeachment just 18 ...

National »

PIROJPUR: Floating Watermelon Bazar at Swarupkathi Upazila has gained momentum as the district has achieved bumper production of the summer fruit. This snap was taken on Monday.

Business & Economy »

SM Jaffar, DMD of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited (AIBL) and Azizunnessa Huq, Executive Director of Fintech Innovations International, UAE, exchanging an agreement signing document at the Bank's head office in the city Wednesday. Under the deal, AIBL becomes a subscriber of the digital platform "TradeAssets" which will enable AIBL to enhance its capabilities in reaching out to all foreign financial institution members of the platform, directly, with a view to executing trade finance related transactions instantly. Farman R Chowdhury, CEO of the bank and senior officials from both sides were also present.

Entertainment »

Ananya Panday is binging on between breaks

Ananya Panday who is making her debut with Student Of The Year 2, is ringing high on the excitement with her recently released song, The Jawani Song. The teen sensation is a web series maniac and the testimony of the same are the series that Ananya binge watches, stealing time ...

Editorial »

The debt cycle must end

IN disaster prone Bangladesh floods, erosions and landslides are considered much more devastating as they make more people shelter-less each year. Losing everything, the affected people borrow from money lending Mahajans, micro credit institutions as well as select NGOs in money lending business at high rates of interest to rebuild ...

Editorial »

CID man held with Yaba: Virus in the antidote

A CONSTABLE of Criminal Investigation Department and one of his associates were arrested with 990 Yaba pills from Savar on Thursday evening, some newspapers reported. The arrestees are Taijuddin, a constable of CID's Uttara Zone, and his associate Mofiz Mia, said Officer-in-Charge of Detective Branch of Police in Dhaka (North). ...

Cricket »

Ton-up Kohli hails Moeen for crucial IPL win

AFP, Kolkata :Virat Kohli scored his first Indian Premier League (IPL) century of the year, then paid tribute Saturday to Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Moeen Ali for setting up a crucial second win of the season."Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game," said the ...

Entertainment »

Farah Khan to remake three Bollywood classics?

Bollywood filmmaker Farah Khan had recently announced that she will be collaborating with ace director, Rohit Shetty. Speculations are that the duo has decided to remake the much loved film that had megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Satte Pe Satta (1982). The film itself was a remake as well, and besides this, ...

International »

Trump rating drops 3 points to 2019 low post Mueller report

Reuters, New York  :The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/ Ipsos public opinion ...

Football »

FIFA backs English players' social media boycott over racism

AP, England :FIFA is backing a 24-hour social media boycott by professional players in England in a protest against racial abuse and revealed plans for a new global campaign to eradicate discrimination in soccer.Following a series of high-profile cases in recent weeks, the Professional Footballers' Association has gathered support from ...

International »

US President Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day

President Donald Trump, backed by his attorney general, declared himself fully vindicated on Thursday in the investigation into Russian election meddling and alleged collusion with his campaign - even before the American people and lawmakers see the full probe report."Game Over," Trump tweeted, using a "Game of Thrones" style montage ...

Entertainment »

Shanta Jahan in Australia for hosting

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Shanta Jahan is a popular host of present time. Though she acts sometimes but always feels comfortable to present herself as a host to all. For the first time Shanta went to Australia to host a show. She left Dhaka at night on April 18. Today is ...

Editorial »

One is punished for another's sin!

LOCAL media reported that a day labourer was allegedly sent to jail on Wednesday for not paying electricity bill of Tk 4007, even though his house at Mochagora village in Muradnagar upazila in Cumilla district had no electrical line. On Thursday evening, Chief Judicial Magistrate granted him bail after hearing ...

Cricket »

Sri Lanka dump Chandimal, bring back Thirimanne for World Cup

AFP, Colombo :Sri Lanka Thursday dumped established stars including former captain Dinesh Chandimal to hand batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay a place in their World Cup squad.Chandimal, who was one-day captain until last October, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga were all ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news