Press Release 2017


Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017

Bengal Foundation is proud to present the sixth edition of the Bengal Classical Music Festival, commencing on 26 December, 2017 at Abahani Grounds in Dhanmondi. This year’s event is dedicated to Dr Anisuzzaman.

The practice of music in the ancient Indian subcontinent originated from a diverse lineage, deeply rooted in spiritual and ethnic traditions. The ancient forms were passed down from generations and have been upheld by scores of important musicians throughout history – musicians who were patronised by kings, feudal lords, and spiritual leaders, forming the backbone of eastern classical music.

Abul Khair, Chairman, Bengal Foundation.

Bengal Foundation introduced the Classical Music Festival back in 2012. It all began with an idea: Abul Khair, the Chair of Bengal Foundation, wondered whether something as complex as classical music could reach the hearts of the average audience through the right presentation. He envisioned an event where classical music would be presented in a large-scale festive ambience open for all, dispelling its elitist image.

From left to right: Luva Nahid Choudhury, Director General, Bengal Foundation; Abul Khair, Chairman, Bengal Foundation; Anjan Chowdhury, MD and CEO, Square Toiletries Ltd and Maasranga TV; Zara Mahbub, Head of Communication, BRAC Bank.

We launched the festival with the conviction that an annual classical music event would revive our heritage and enrich popular taste in music. Exposure to the unfathomable depth of classical music is a humbling, yet enriching experience. Immersion into its acute sensibility awakens our spirit, fostering humane values and compassion. It is with the solemn pledge to embrace our humanity that we have embarked on our journey to bring you the sixth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival this year.

Luva Nahid Choudhury, Director General, Bengal Foundation.

Our experience from the last five years has led us to believe that popular taste in classical music has been rising; our audience has not only stood out in numbers, but their capacity to appreciate and concentrate in the subtleties of classical music has also broadened. This year we will be featuring some of the most iconic musicians from India, including the likes of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Ustad Rashid Khan, amongst numerous others. Bangladeshi recitals will include performances by distinguished artists as well as students of the Government Music College and Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay.

Zara Mahbub, Head of Communication, BRAC Bank.

For the first time in Bangladesh, Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 will also feature a performance by Astana Philharmonic Orchestra from Kazakhstan, collaborating with Dr. L Subramaniam on stage.

The event is set to be held from 26 December until 30 December, 2017, and will be open to all. Online registration will begin from 18 December, 2017.