A three-day classical music and dance festival featuring performances by eminent classical vocalists, dance artistes and instrumentalists from across the country began at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival as the chief guest. Music researcher Dr ABM Nurul Anwar and secretary of cultural affairs ministry Ibraheem Hossain Khan were present as special guests at the inauguration programme.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the inauguration programme.
‘It is sad but true that classical music in the country is not developing due to lack of promotion. Young musicians often give up classical music fearing lack of career prospect. We will be organising classical music festivals on a regular basis to promote classical music and local artistes,’ said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy regularly organises classical music events to promote classical music and local artistes. We also have plans to organise international classical music festival in future’, said Liaquat Ali Lucky.
Around 45 renowned and up and coming artistes from across the country are performing at the festival.
Students and teachers of Government Music College commenced the festival with a chorus rendition of raga malkaush.
Next was a group performance by eight up and coming dancers, who presented a bharatnatyam dance recital choreographed by dancer Shukla Sarkar.
Sitarist Reenat Fauzia, who is a descendant of the famous classical musician Ustad Ayat Ali Khan, performed raga mohankaush, a soothing and meditative raga of the bhairav thaat.
The audience greatly enjoyed solo dance performance by Ratchel Priyanka Perris, who demonstrated different features of the Gaudiya dance.
The classical dance form is claimed to have originated from Bengal.
National Film Award-winning singer-composer Swani Zubayeer presented a few thumris based on ragas like tilak kamod, pilu and manjh khamaj to the delight of the audience.
The opening day also featured performances by M Muniruzzaman (flute), Fifa Chakma (kathak), Soumita Bose (vocal) and others.
The second day of the festival featured vocal and instrumental recitals by renowned classical practitioners like Asit Dey (vocal), Supriya Das (vocal), Yusuf Khan (sarod), Nishit Dey (sitar), Azizul Islam (flute), Kabir Ali (shenai) and others.
The festival will end today.
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