The ten-day National Instrumental Music Festival organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will end today with seasoned and promising artistes presenting solo and group instrumental recitals at Nandan Mancha.
Dhaka-based seasoned instrumentalists Rupashi Mamtaz, Martuza Kabir Murad and Salauddin Shantanu will present recitals on violin, flute and santoor, respectively, while district-based artistes from Rangamati, Lalmonirhat, Barisal, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Cox’s Bazar will present group recitals at the programme.
Besides, artistes of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP will present an orchestral performance at the event.
The ten-day festival, which commenced from January 1, featured performances by around 250 instrumentalists from 64 districts of the country.
The artistes presented solo and group recitals on around 140 music instruments including flute, sarod, sitar, dhol, tabla, guitar, violin, sarengi, shehnai, sarogit and others.
‘The festival featured recitals on a number of lesser known musical instruments. Artistes presented recitals on dhol, jhuri, new instruments like sarogit (combination of sarod and guitar), sarengi and shehnai at the festival’, said Kamol Khalid, coordinator of the festival.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky is looking forward to organise the festival again in future.
‘Instrumentalists from across the country took part in the festival with great enthusiasm. Besides, a huge crowd came to the festival daily to enjoy instrumental recitals. We are looking forward to organise the festival regularly to promote instrumentalists and instrumental music’, said Lucky.
Lucky also talked about the initiatives BSA has taken to preserve, promote and popularise instrumental music.
‘We have been organising workshops and conducting courses on instrumental music. We are also trying to collect and preserve local musical instruments and publish research papers on them’, said Lucky.
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