Artistes from 4 countries to perform

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:13, Feb 19,2018


Over one hundred sufi and traditional singers from Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey and India are going to perform at the 2nd edition of International Sufi Festival slated to begin on Friday at Nandan Mancha of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The three-day festival organised by Allama Rumi Society Bangladesh and Hatkhola Foundation, in association with Cultural Affairs ministry, aims at spreading the message of tolerance and love through sufi music, said organisers at a press conference held on Monday morning at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Allama Rumi Society Bangladesh treasurer Dr M Abdul Majid, among others, were present at the press conference.
‘Sufism has always spread the message of love and tolerance. We hope that the upcoming festival will spread the message of love among the music lovers’, said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘We organised the first International Sufi festival in Chittagong last year. We are happy that cultural affairs ministry has shown interest to hold the second edition of the festival in Dhaka’, said M Abdul Majid.
The festival will feature performances by around 70 local sufi and traditional singers including Samir Kawal, Shafi Mandal, Kiran Chandra Roy, Chandana Majumder, Tuntun Baul, Siraj Baul and troupes like Maijbhandari Moromigoshthi, Joler Gaan and others.
One troupe from India, two from Turkey and an Iranian troupe are scheduled to perform at the festival.
The festival will continue till Sunday.

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