Popular songs of five great bards of Bangla literature were presented at Sufia Kamal auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Tuesday.
Collectively known as panchakobi, the poets are Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Atulprasad Sen, Rajanikanta Sen and Dwijendralal Roy.
Music organisation Geetashatadal organised the programme titled ‘Panchakobir Gaan’ where eminent Tagore singer Sadi Muhammad, seasoned singer Bulbul Mahalanabish and recitation artiste Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury were present as guests.
‘The five bards are known as panchakobi. They created some of the most priceless gems of Bangla music. The songs were penned in twentieth century by these poets who took Bangla music to new heights with their creations,’ said Sadi Muhammad.
‘The lyrics penned by the bards were rich in poetic value. They composed songs of diverse genres including melodic, raga-based, experimental and more. Hence, they brought new life and freshness in Bangla Music’, Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury said.
The musical programme began with a chorus rendition of Tagore’s patriotic song O Amar Desher Mati by artistes of Geetashatadal.
Arju Akter, a Geetashatadal member, performed Kazi Nazrul Islam’s popular and romantic song Mor Prothom Moner Mukul.
Nazrul songs Ajo Kande Kanone and Brajagopi Khele Hari were beautifully rendered by Shukla Roy and Moslema Akter respectively.
Bulbul Mohalanbish surprised the audience by reciting Kazi Nazrul Islam’s famous children’s poem Khuki O Kathbirali.
Manoshi Sadhu and Sangjukta Roy presented Atulprasad Sen’s popular romantic songs Momo Moner Bijone and Apan Kaje Achal Holey at the programme.
Singer Aparna Khan and Krishna moved the audience by presenting popular DL Roy songs Se Ke Dekha Dilo and Ami Esechhi.
Geetashatadal member Rita Majumder sang Rajanikanta Sen’s song Dhir Samire Chanchal Nirey.
Geetashatadal artistes Shilpi Bala, Bashari Dutt, Ratna Dutt and Nitu Chakrabarty presented Tagore songs like Tai Tomar Ananda, Nago Ei Je Dhula, Jagorone Jay Bibhabari and Fagun Haway Haway at the show.
Guest artiste Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury recited Tagore’s popular poem Nirjharer Swapnabhanga at the event.
The programme concluded with a group rendition of the national anthem Amar Sonar Bangla, which was penned by Rabindranath Tagore in 1905.
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