Popular TV channels and cultural groups organised special programs to mark the occasion.
Shah Abdul Karim wrote and composed about 15,00 songs. These songs have been collected in six books namely Aftab Sangeet, Gano Sangeet, Kalnir Dheu, Dholmela, Bhatir Chithi and Kalnir Kooley.
Bonde Maya Lagaise, Kano Piritee Barailarey Bondhu, Gari Cholena Cholena, are some of his popular songs which have been rendered by many popular groups in Bangladesh.
He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements.
He explored the roots of Baul philosophy through his music. He also wrote Gono Sangeet (songs of the masses), through which he expressed his feelings about the sufferings of mankind in the modern society.
Karim was born in 1916 Sunamganj district. He died in 2009. He lived in poverty and worked as a farm labourer before he got recognition at the national level in Bangladesh.