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Aditi Mangaldas and Ronu Majumdar to perform tonight

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Aditi Mangaldas and her dance company will be the first performer of the day, who will present Kathak dance. They are here in Dhaka for the first time to take part in the prestigious ‘Bengal Classical Music Festival’. Aditi Mangaldas is a leading classical dancer and choreographer from India, an exponent of Kathak. She trained under the guidance of Kumudini Lakhia and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Unlike most popular Indian classical performers, Mangaldas does not hail from a family of musicians. Instead, as she explained, her desire to dance was born out of an atmosphere of freedom–an ambience where ideas and imaginations were encouraged to flow. Apart from classical disciplines, Mangaldas’s is also known to work with contemporary styles. Her performances are marked by its artistry, technique, eloquence and energy.
Aditi Mangaldas said, “I am here with my troupe to take part in the fascinating ‘Bengal Classical Music Festival’. This is my first time in Dhaka. It’s a great pleasure and honoured to be part of this festival. We are going to present Kathak on the stage today.”
Mangaldas has toured in India and abroad, and her performances – solo and group ensembles – have received critical acclaim at prestigious shows around the world. She is presently the choreographer and principal dancer of The Drishtikon Dance Foundation.

Ronu Majumdar is a renowned Indian flautist, an exponent of the Maihar Gharana. He trained under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, Pandit Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Majumdar has been felicitated with many accolades for his memorable performances worldwide.
He composed music for India’s first I-Max film ‘Mystic India’ and has led a concert of 5,378 flautists on one stage called ‘Venu Naad’ under the banner of ‘Art of Living’. The event was recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Ronu Majumdar said, “This is a special programme for us. This is not merely an event to us these years; rather, many things related to this programme. My grandfather was the zamindar of Faridpur (Bangladesh). My father was born in Madaripur district. We have all these connections here. Though I was born in Benaras, but it will remain incomplete if I wouldn’t say that I belong to Faridpur.”
“I performed the Bhatiyali song ‘O amar dorodi age janle’ in the festival last time. When I was eight-year old, my father taught me to sing this song. The way he taught me this song, it was completely a style of Faridpur gharana. We all know, Abbas Uddin was the stock of Bhatiyali songs, the king of Bhatiyali”, he added.
Majumdar was awarded with an All India Radio Award, a Grammy Nomination, Aditya Vikram Birla Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by Sahara India, National Kumar Gandharva Award and Sangeet Natak Academy Award.

Ronu Majumdar is a renowned Indian flautist, an exponent of the Maihar Gharana. He trained under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, Pandit Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Majumdar has been felicitated with many accolades for his memorable performances worldwide.
He composed music for India’s first I-Max film ‘Mystic India’ and has led a concert of 5,378 flautists on one stage called ‘Venu Naad’ under the banner of ‘Art of Living’. The event was recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Ronu Majumdar said, “This is a special programme for us. This is not merely an event to us these years; rather, many things related to this programme. My grandfather was the zamindar of Faridpur (Bangladesh). My father was born in Madaripur district. We have all these connections here. Though I was born in Benaras, but it will remain incomplete if I wouldn’t say that I belong to Faridpur.”
“I performed the Bhatiyali song ‘O amar dorodi age janle’ in the festival last time. When I was eight-year old, my father taught me to sing this song. The way he taught me this song, it was completely a style of Faridpur gharana. We all know, Abbas Uddin was the stock of Bhatiyali songs, the king of Bhatiyali”, he added.
Majumdar was awarded with an All India Radio Award, a Grammy Nomination, Aditya Vikram Birla Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by Sahara India, National Kumar Gandharva Award and Sangeet Natak Academy Award.

 

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