Bengal Classical Music Festival ends with Chaurasia’s flute rendition


This year’s Classical Music Festival comes to an end

The fifth night of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016, opened with a mesmeric vocal rendition by the students of the Music Department of Dhaka University. The students performed Raga Bhupali. Swarop Hossain and Zakir Hossain accompanied them on tabla.

Then, the students of the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay performed Raga Charukeshi on sitar. Prashanta Bhowmik and Supantho Majumdar were on tabla.

At the closing ceremony, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Founder & Chairperson of BRAC, was present as the Chief Guest, while Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman presided over the session. Annisul Huq, the Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, and Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, the Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation, were the special guests. Anjan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Group was also among the special guests.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed remembered versatile author Syed Shamsul Haq, to whom this festival has been dedicated to. He said, “Classical music is embedded in us. Artistes like Ustad Ali Akbar, Ustad Allauddin Khan, and Pandit Ravi Shankar had roots in this country. The continuity of this festival will encourage the emergence of more world class artistes in this field.”

Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman greeted everyone, and expressed his gratitude towards the artistes. He said, “The practice of classical music was fading in our country. However, this festival has rejuvenated interests in the genre.”

Anjan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Group Ltd, expressed his pride at being involved with the festival and said, “Hopefully, we will present grander festivals in the future.”

Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, the Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation, requested Abul Khair to take responsibility for all the twelve music schools in Old Dhaka. He assured cooperation from the City Corporation, to develop cultural institutes in that part of Dhaka.

Annisul Huq, the Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, expressed his gratitude towards the organisers of this event. He urged the producers to pay the dues of the singers of the country. “Artistes can shape people’s mentalities, therefore, we should always pay our due respect to them.”

Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation, requested a minute of silence in memory of the recently deceased poet, Syed Shamsul Huq, and the people who had given their lives during the recent militant attacks.

In his speech, Khair pleaded with the Prime Minister, for the construction of at least three thousand cinema halls around the country. He also requested the construction of sports and cultural facilities in remote areas of the country. He said, “We would like to develop a large cultural institute in the country.”

After his speech, Khair also declared a three day Sufi Festival in January, at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, in response of Mohammad Sayeed Khokon’s urge to organise something similar to Bengal Classical Music Festival in the other parts of the city.

The next performance of the night was an ethereal santoor rendition by legendary Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, who performed Raga Jog.

Following that, Kumar Mardur came on stage with his Khayal performance. At first, he performed Raga Puriya Kalyan. After that, he rendered bhajan on Raga Kirwani. Ajinkya Joshi was on tabla with him.

Pandit Kushal Das came up next, with a Sitar rendition of Raga Kaushi Kanada. Pandit Shubhankar Banerjee accompanied him on tabla.

Arati Ankalikar’s vocal rendition, which included a Khayal on Raga Jog Kauns, and a Thumri, “sajanwa kaise mein aau torey paas” on Misra Khamaj, left the audience mesmerised. Rohit Majumdar was on tabla with the singer.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia rendered spectacular flute compositions in Raga Probhati and Raga Jait. Pandit Subhankar Banerjee accompanied him on tabla, and Debopriyo Ranadive and Bibek Sonar supported him on flute. Pandit Bhabani Shankar was on pakhawaj and Abhijit Kundu was on tanpura.

Organised by Bengal Foundation, Square Group presented the Indian Classical music festival as the title sponsor, while BRAC Bank supported the event as the main sponsor.

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