Dhaka International Folk Fest, an assembly of music practitioners of eight countries, kicked off amid great enthusiasm and festivity at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital on Thursday.
Orgnaised by Sun Communications, the three-day music extravaganza, is featuring performances by approximately a hundred artistes from eight countries.
Popular Indian singer Papon, Brazilian singer Mauricio Tizumba, Tibetan singer Tenzin Choegyal, besides local singer Fakir Sahabuddin and young artistes of Bauliana entertained the audience on the opening day of the event.
The festival was inaugurated by The opening day’s programme will feature dance recitals by local troupe Pallavi Dance Centre, as well as performances by eminent Lalon singer Farida Parveen, folk couple Kiron Chnadra Roy and Chandana Majumdar, Indian fusion singer and researcher Arko Mukherjee, local singers Labik Kamal, Rob Fakir and Shafi Mondol, Pakistani sufi singer Saieen Zahoor and Mumbai-based fusion band Papon and The East India Company.
On the second day, popular singers Bari Siddiqui and Momotaz Begom, fusion band Arnob and Friends, Indian singer Paban Das Baul, Indian sufi singers Nooran Sisters and Chinese dance troupe Yunnan Art Troupe will perform.
The concluding day’s event will feature Pakistani sufi and kafi queen Abida Parveen, Irish folk troupe Niamh Ni Charra, Indian folk singer Parvaty Baul, Indian fusion band Indian Ocean and the traditional troupe The Manganiyars from Hamira, local pala singer Islamuddin Palakar, singer Kangalini Sufia, fusion band Joler Gaan and dance troupe Sadhona.
People from all walks of life especially youngsters flocked the festival venue to enjoy performance by local and foreign artistes.
Among others, local band Baula and local artiste Shahjahan Munsi, Nepalese band Kutumba, Pakistani band Mekaal Hassan Band, Indian artistes Nooran Sisters will perform today.
Local artiste Shahnaj Beli, Grammy-winning Tinariwen band from Mali, Rastak from Iran, Danish guitarist Mikail, Indian bard Badudeb Das Baul, among others perform at the festival tomorrow.
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