Artistes of Shurer Dhara entertained the audience rendering traditional toppa songs at a programme held at Nazrul Institute auditorium in Dhanmondi.
One hundred and five artistes, who had previously participated at a workshop on tappa songs, performed at the show.
Associate professor of Rabindra Bharati University Rajashree Ghosh conducted the ten-day workshop which focused on different aspects of toppa songs, which are semi-classical romantic songs with melodious and sweet tunes.
The programme began with a group performance of Ramnidhi Gupta’s song Nanan deshe nanan bhasha.
Artistes divided into three groups Ka, Kha, and Ga presented toppa songs like Monere bujhaye bolo nayanere doshe keno, Pronoy porom rontno, zotno kore rekho tare, Bolona amare, Shoi bachibo kemone, Hridi brindabone bash koro zodi kolapati ohe vokto piyo amar, Zabo na kori mone mon ki mane bashi shune and Ki bolili malini phirey phirey bol. The songs had been composed by Ramnidhi Gupta, Dashorothi Roy, Bharatchandra Ray Gunakor, all of whom popularised Tappa songs in the 19th century.
Besides, Rajashree Ghosh presented five songs including Sajanikanta Das’s Kanto tumi obsor zodi paw khoniker tore, Dashorothi Roy’s Amar duaree khoniko eshe darao, Bhola Moira’s Nanodini bolo and others.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, who was present as the chief guest at the programme, distributed certificates among the artistes for successfully completing the workshop on toppa songs. Chairman of Sabera Ahmed Rizvi Foundation Jawhor Rizvi was present as special guest at the programme. Principal and chairman of Shurer Dhara Rezwana Choudhury Bannya presided over the event.
‘Traditional toppa songs are hardly practiced today. I hope Shurer Dhara will organise more similar programmes in future,’ said Asaduzzaman Noor.
In Bengal, Ramnidhi Gupta composed Bengali tappa and they are called as Nidhu Babu's Tappa. Tappa gayaki took new shape and over decades became puratani, a semi-classical form of Bengali songs.
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