A four-day Baishakhi Utsab organised by Bengal Foundation ended on Bengal Boi premises in Lalmatia on Sunday.
Folk singers Bhojon Baul and Halima Parvin entertained the audience singing traditional songs on the concluding day of the four-day festival, which was organised to celebrate Chaitra Sangkranti and Pahela Baishakh.
The festival began on Thursday with a sarod recital by the students of Bengal Parampara.
Singer Sharmin Sathi Islam and recitation artiste Hasan Arif respectively presented songs and poems penned by Pancha Kabi (Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Atul Prasad Sen, Rajanikanta Sen and Dwijendralal Roy at the programme.
Sharmin rendered three Nazrul songs Rosho ghano shyam kalyan shundar, Abar bhalobashar shad jage and Shoki ami na hoy maan. She next rendered DL Roy’s Oi moha shindur opar theke beshe ashe and Tumi j praner bodhu, Atul Prasad Sen’s Loke boleto tumi acho and Tumi daw go daw.
Hasan Arif recited poems glorifying Bangla language and Bengali culture. He recited Rabindranath Tagore’s Amar matha nato kore daw, Humayun Azad’s Bhalo and others to the delight of the audience.
Popular band Joler Gaan performed at the programme on Friday.
Bangal Foundation celebrated Pahela Baishakh organising a day-long programme styled ‘Pathik Bauler Bashi O Gaan’ on Saturday. Mahor Baul, Shiraj Baul, Suman Baul and folk artiste Arifa, accompanied by Abdul Aziz on harmonium, Akteruzzaman on flute, Md Abbas on Mandira and Masud Sarkar on dhol, performed at the programme.
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