Music school Shurer Dhara celebrated its silver jubilee through a two-day festival held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital on Wednesday and Thursday.
The festival featured presentation of Tagore songs, recitation, dance drama, seminar, discussion and others.
Prime minister Shiekh Hasina inaugurated the festival on Wednesday afternoon. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, professor emeritus Anisuzzaman and Shurer Dhara founding director Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, among others, were present at the inauguration programme.
Sheikh Hasina congratulated Shurer Dhara for successfully completing 25 years. ‘Culture has always played a key role in preventing the rise of religious extremism. I hope cultural activists will continue uniting the people against fanaticism’, said Sheikh Hasina.
Sheikh Hasina also launched the second edition of Shruti Gitabitan, a collection of 2,222 Tagore songs rendered by 400 seasoned and young Tagore singers. The first edition of Shruti Gitabitan was launched in 2011.
Renowned local and Indian artistes entertained the audience presenting Tagore songs, dance recitals and a dance drama on the opening day of the festival.
Students of Shurer Dhara, led by Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, began the cultural show rendering Tagore’s love songs Ogo kishore aji tomar dware and Dole premer dolonchanpa hridoy akashe.
Following were presentations by renowned local singers like Shama Rahman, Salma Akbar, Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Sajed Akbar and Indian singer Srikanta Acharya.
Shama Rahman, in her neat and tidy rendition, enthralled the audience rending Tagore songs Madhur tomar shesh je na pai and Sokatoke oi kandichhe sokole.
Salama Akbar presented songs like Aji joto tara and Ogo nadi apon bege, while Sajed Akbar sang Arup tomar bani.
Srikanta Acharya captivated the audience rendering Tagore songs Aji jharer ratey and Ghatey bosey achhi anmona.
A short documentary on Shurer Dhara, which was founded in 1992, was also screened at the programme.
Artistes of Nrityanandan entertained the audience presenting a colourful dance recital and cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor recited Tagore’s poem Jharer Kheya to the delight of the audience.
Besides, Indian dance troupe Byatokriom staged Tagore’s dance drama Chandalika at the programme.
The second day of the festival featured performances by local and Indian artistes.
Shurer Dhara, jointly with private television channel Channel-i, will celebrate Chaitra Sangkranti in the evening today. The organisation will celebrate Bangla New Year 1425 through a programme in the morning on April 14.
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