Bengal Classical Music Festival ends


The sixth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival ended on Sunday dawn with a performance by eminent Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia at Abahani Limited’s playground in capital’s Dhanmondi.
The last night’s programme of the five-day festival commenced with an odisi dance recital by Sujata Mohapatra. The concluding night also featured mohan veena recital by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, khayal by Brajeswar Mukherjee, duet sitar recital by Pandit Kushal Das and Kalyanjit Das and khayal by Pandit Kaivalyakumar.
The festival, organised by Bengal Foundation, featured a total of 34 solo, duet and group performances by 250 artistes from Bangladesh, India and Kazakhstan.
Four local artistes and instrumentalists including flautist Gazi Abdul Hakim, sitar player Firoz Khan, vocalist Abhijiy Kundu and Supriya Das staged solo performances at this year’s festival.
Students of Bengal Pramapra Sangeetlaya presented three group instrumental recitals on tabla, sitar and sarod.
Students of Government Music College won audience’s acclaim by presenting khayal.
Local dance artistes Amit Chowdhury, Sweety Das, Snata Shahrin, Sudeshna Swayamprabha, Mehraj Haque Tushar and Zuairiyah Mouli performed different Indian classical dance forms including bharatnatyam, kathak and manipuri.
Renowned maestros of Indian classical music including Pandit Jasraj (khayal), Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (santoor), Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty (khayal), Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram (ghatam), Ustad Rashid Khan (khayal), Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee (sitar), Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute) and Dr L Subramaniam (violin), among others, performed at this year’s festival.
The Dhaka audience, for the first time, enjoyed live performances by Pandit Jasraj, Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram, Dr L Subramaniam and few others.
Kazakh music company Astana Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra presented ten sonatas composed by Kazakh and western composers like Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and others to the delight of the audience.
Every day thousands of music lovers thronged the festival held at the Abahani Limited’s playground, where the classical music festival was organised for the first time.
The earlier five editions of the festival were held at Bangladesh Army Stadium.


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