In early 1974, a terrible flood inundated Bangladesh after one of the worst monsoons the country ever experienced. A famine that devoured many lives followed, leaving many people dispossessed and impoverished. To support the government’s relief and rehabilitation drives, many individuals and organizations came forward. Maestro Azad Rahaman was one of them. Under the aegis of a cultural group, Shatarupa, he organized ‘Azad Rahaman Night’ on two successive evenings at Hotel Purbani’s Jalshaghar. This was the first-ever gathering of artists (singers, musicians, actors, lyricists) in Bangladesh on one platform to help raise money for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. It was a spectacular event in which popular film stars like Razzak, Azim, Kobori, Sujata, Babita, Wasim, Telly Samad and others, singers like Anjuman Ara Begum, Shahnaz Begum (Rahmatullah), Sabina Yasmeen, Mahmudun Nabi, Khurshid Alam and Selina Azad performed and lyricists Abu Hyder Sajedur Rahman, Ahmed Zaman Chowdhury, Naim Gauhar participated. And they all did it for charity! Tickets for a single night’s show cost Tk 500 and Tk 250 and were all sold out. A considerable sum was raised from the gala event that helped the people in great distress. The event was widely reported in the press, and the Prime Minister, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman personally thanked Azad Rahaman for organzing the event and donating the proceeds to the PM's fund.