Different organisations celebrated World Music Day organising programmes at separate venues in the capital on Wednesday.
Celebrating the day, Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad organised a seminar at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy while Alliance Francaise de Dhaka organized a daylong programme at its La Gallerie.
Students and teachers of AFD’s music training course presented French and Bangla songs in chorus and solos celebrating the day.
Writer Jatin Sarkar’s keynote paper, read by Rupa Chakrabarty at the seminar held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, analysed the impact of sectarianism in traditional Bangla culture.
Poet and also a bureaucrat Shyam Sundar Shikder, Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad general secretary Bishwajit Roy and others were present at the seminar. The seminar was presided over by singer and also Udichi’s vice president Mahmud Selim.
Jatin Sarkar’s paper titled ‘Sampradayikatar Bhut O Bangalir Sangskriti’ emphasised importance of communal harmony for creating a better cultural ambience.
Culture is not any abstract essence, Jatin’s paper reads, rather culture is what we are and what we have become. ‘If we do not broaden our minds to respect others, we will enter into a culture of mutual exclusion’, the paper reads.
‘Set against rise of extremism, we must follow the spirit of the liberation war, which teaches us to respect others and live in communal harmony’, said Bishwajit Roy.
‘Music has a role to teach us to live in harmony and to respect others. Moreover, music teaches us to become good human beings’, Bishwajit said.
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