Over 1,000 instrumentalists are scheduled to entertain the audience presenting instrumental recitals on diverse musical instruments at the ten-day national instrumental music festival which commenced at Nadan Mancha of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The festival, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy for the first time, is featuring instrumental recitals on around 140 musical instruments by artistes from 64 districts of the country.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival as the chief guest. The festival’s coordinator Kamol Khalid and seasoned musician Enamul Kabir were present during the inauguration, which was presided over by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
‘Instrumental music and instrumentalists are in need of promotion and patronisation. We are trying to help instrumentalists so that they can continue their profession’, said Asaduzzaman Noor, who thinks that the ten-day festival will provide a platform for many up and coming instrumentalists.
Veteran musician Enamul Kabir advised young instrumentalists to pursue music with passion and dedication. ‘Such a big festival featuring participation of hundreds of musicians from across the country will encourage young musicians to practice music. I hope Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will regularly organise programmes on instrumental music from now on’, said Kabir.
It is claimed that there used to be around 600 different types of musical instruments, many of which are now considered lost. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general talked about different initiatives taken by the academy to preserve, promote and popularise instrumental music. ‘We have been organising workshops and conducting courses on instrumental music regularly. Besides, we are also working to a set up a museum to collect and preserve local musical instruments,’ said Lucky.
Following the discussion, Dhaka-based instrumentalists commenced the show with an orchestral composition. Directed by seasoned musician M Maniruzzaman, the piece titled ‘Uranta Pakhi’ featured recitals on instruments like flute, saxophone, soprano, sitar, table, guitar, violin and others.
Veteran musician Enamul Kabir entertained the audience with a recital on Hawaiian guitar.
Following were performances by district-based instrumentalists from Rangpur, Narayanganj and Chittagong.
A group of instrumentalists from Rangpur presented raga iman on instruments like sitar, sarod, violin, tabla and flute.
Rangpur-based sitarist Ahsan Habib staged a solo performance. The sitarist presented raga charukeshi, while three Rangpur-based santoor players presented raga hamsadhwani to the delight of audience.
Naryanganj-based artiste Sabuj Ahmed earned audience’s acclaim for his brilliant tabla recital. The artiste presented different talas on tabla.
Violinist Shanta Ahmed delighted all with his presentation of raga chandrakauns.
Chittagong-based artiste Dolan Kanungo captivated the audience with a recital on mohan veena, while violinist Shyamal Chandra Das and tabla artiste Shakhawat Hossain presented solo recitals.
The opening day’s show ended with an orchestral composition titled ‘Bayanno Theke Ekattur’.
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