Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy launched a collection of 13,000 traditional songs, collected from five different regions of the country, through a grand launching programme on Saturday at National Theatre Hall of the academy.
Acting cultural affairs secretary Ibraheem Hossain Khan attended the launching programme as the chief guest, while Indian folklorist Shaktinath Jha was present on the occasion as the special guest.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the programme.
The collection of traditional songs has been launched under a pilot project, which aims at preserving and promoting folk songs.
Under the project a total of 13,450 diverse genre songs like Jari, Saree, Murshidi, Baul, Bhatiali, Bhawaia and others were collected from five different regions, comprising 21 districts, of the country.
‘We collected the traditional songs from five regions of the country namely Faridpur, Sunamganj, Jhenaidah, Mymensing and Rangpur’, said Abdullah Al Monsur, monitoring officer of the project.
‘We recorded 13,000 songs in CDs and DVDs,’ Monsur added.
Around 500 singers have lent their voice to the songs, which were released in 1,014 CDs and DVDs on Saturday.
The complete collection has been divided in five groups, based on their respective regions and genres.
The collection Uttar Gitisudha contains 5,200 songs of Rangpur region, while Haor Janglar Gaan features 1,500 songs of Mymensingh region. A total of 3,750 songs from Sunamganj region have been released in the collection Jal Jotsnar Gaan. The collection Loknandita Lokogaan contains 1,008 songs from the Jhenaidah region, while Gao Geramer Sur contains 1,013 songs from Faridpur region.
Besides, another collection comprising 653 Lalon songs and 357 baul songs was also launched at the event.
‘We have collected over 13,000 songs from 21 districts. We are optimistic that we will discover more songs in the remaining districts of the country,’ said Liaquat Ali Lucky, who hopes that the project will continue in future too.
Singers from different parts of the country entertained the audience by singing traditional songs at the programme.
As part of the programme a seminar on collection, preservation and promotion of folklore was held at seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday morning.
Indian folklorist Dr Shaktinath Jha presented the key-note paper at the seminar, while Bangla Academy’s director general and renowned folk researcher Shamsuzzaman Khan attended the seminar as the chief guest.
In his paper, Dr Shaktinath Jha discussed the importance of collecting, archiving and preserving elements of folklore. He also highlighted the influence of folklore on people’s lives in countries like Bangladesh and India.
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