Classical dancers and musicians demand more patronisations from the government and corporate levels for promoting classical music and dance genres in the South Asian region.
They believe that more patronisations would help aspiring artistes to continue practicing the traditional classical music and dance.
Giving example of Bengal Classical Music Festival, Indian sarod player pandit Debojyoti Bose and kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas, who are visiting Dhaka to participate at the festival organised by Bengal Foundation, said on Tuesday at a press conference held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon that more such initiatives should come from government and corporate levels to develop platforms for aspiring artistes.
‘Sadly, we do not see enough patronisation or infrastructure, both in Bangladesh and India, to encourage young artistes and classical practitioners who often give up classical music considering it an uncertain career choice’, said Debojyoti.
Aditi Mangaldas supplemented him saying, ‘So many young dancers come every year, but many of them give up for many reasons. If we cannot ensure sustainable career in classical music and dance, we cannot expect them to continue.’
Both of them, at the same time, advised young enthusiasts to continue with belief and perseverance.
‘Classical maestros all over India look forward to participating at Bengal Classical Music Festival which has emerged as the biggest classical music festival in the
Indian sub-continent’, said Debojyoti.
‘I am not surprised to see the biggest classical festival being arranged in Bangladesh, a land of folk and classical music, from where we have got many maestros’, added Bose.
Debojyoti Bose believes that Bangladesh will produce, as it did earlier, eminent classical musicians as young artistes are experiencing the best of classical music every year at the Bengal Classical Music Festival.
Debojyoti and Mangaldas presented sarod and kathak recital respectively on the second night of the festival.
Mangaldas and her company opened the second night with three kathak pieces including festival, seeking of beloved and tarana, while Debojyoti Bose presented a duet performance with flautist Ronu Majumder.
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