Music lovers are thronging the national instrumental music festival ongoing at Nandan Mancha of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to enjoy instrumental recitals by artistes from across the country.
The festival, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy for the first time, is featuring classical, semi-classical and folk music recitals on instruments like sarod, sitar, violin, tabla, flute, sarengi, chaturanga, dhol, saxophone and others.
The festival commenced on Wednesday with a sarod recital by Shahadat Hossain Khan. The renowned sarod player, accompanied by Swarup Hossain on tabla and Uttam Chakrabarty on flute, presented raga manj khamaj.
Following were solo, duet and group performances by district-based artistes from Mymensingh, Dinajpur, Sirajganj, Noakhali, Sherpur and Madaripur.
The district-based artistes presented classical ragas and folk tunes. Some of the performances featured instrumental recitals of patriotic songs.
Dinajpur –based artistes presented a folk dhun on flute and dotara, while Mymensingh-based flautist Sahabuddin Khan entertained the audience with rendition of raga shivranjani.
A large audience is visiting the festival daily. ‘I am enjoying the ambiance. The festival provides music lovers of Dhaka with a chance to experience instrumental recitals by local talented musicians from across the country’, said thespian Ramendu Majumdar, who was present on the third evening of the festival as a guest.
‘I am very happy to be here. I hope they will organise more such festivals to promote local instrumentalists and instrumental music,’ said up and coming musician Abir Rahman.
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