Students and teachers of the Dhaka University music department and renowned singers entertained the audience singing classical, traditional and modern Bangla songs at a two-day music festival which ended at Mal Chattar of the university on Saturday.
On Saturday, DU music department students commenced the closing day’s programme with a chorus rendition of raga khambaj.
Next the students entertained the audience singing Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul songs and songs of yesteryears. Popular couple singers Rafiqul Alam and Abida Sultana ended the festival with renditions of popular Bangla songs.
Earlier on Friday, Dhaka University vice chancellor M Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the two-day festival, which was organised by the DU music department. Jagannath University vice chancellor Mizanur Rahman, National University vice chancellor Harun-Or-Rashid and Begum Rokeya University vice chancellor Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, among others, were present as special guests at the inauguration programme.
DU music department chairperson Mohsina Akhter Khanam presided over the inauguration.
The department honoured nine singers, composers, lyricists and instrumentalists for their contributions to music.
Singers Subir Nandi, Rafiqul Alam and Abida Sultana, lyricists Zahidul Haque, Kawsar Ahmed Chowdhury, composer Anup Bhattacharya, Selim Ashraf, instrumentalists Firoz Khan and Maniruzzaman were honoured at the programme.
The department also presented Nilufar Yesmin scholarship to Zannatul Ferdaus Nila for achieving highest CGPA in honours in 2016.
Following the inauguration programme, renowned singer Subir Nandi, Khurshid Alam and music department students entertained the audience rendering diverse genre songs.
Music department students commenced the show with presentation of chaiti, a semi-classical music genre sung in the month of Chait- which falls in March or April- as per the Hindu calendar.
The chorus then moved the audience singing Tagore’s devotional song Hingsay Unmatta Prithwi and Kazi Nazrul Islam’s inspirational song Chal Chal Chal.
Rubaiyat-e-Mehajabin, Moumita Roy and Mehfuz entertained the audience singing songs of yesteryears like Monero Range, Akasher Hatey Ache, Pakhire Tui. Besides, Subir Nandi and Khurshid Alam presented popular songs to the delight of the audience.
Nandi presented popular songs like Din Jay Kotha Thake, Akasher Kanna Dekhe and Hajar Moner Kache and Alam presented Chumki Cholechhe, Ajke Na Hoy and others at the programme.
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