A three-day Bangladesh-India Baul festival featuring performances by bauls of both countries began on Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises in Segunbagicha on Thursday.
The festival titled ‘Baul Sangeet Utsab’ has been jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Lalon Bissosongho.
One hundred baul singers of BSA commenced the festival singing two Lalon songs Esho hey doyal and Jomi korbo abad.
In solos, Tuntun Baul sang Esho hey oparer kandari, Diti Sarker sang Karo robe na ei dhon, Allah bolo monrey pakhi and Jodi toritey bashona, Bipasha sang Ghorer key ba ghumay and Milon hobey koto diney, Abir baul sang Chatak bachey kemoney and Raat pohaley pakhi boley.
Besides, local baul singers including Sharif Shadhu, Samir Baul, Arju Shah and Indian baul artistes Sanjoy Kirtaniya and Bonnasri performed on the opening day of the festival.
Noted columnist Syed Abul Maksud inaugurated the festival as the chief guest.
‘Baul songs depict our culture, tradition, rustic life and lifestyle of people. I hope music lovers will enjoy the festival,’ said Syed Abul Maksud.
Director general of BSA Liaquat Ali Lucky, Lalon Bissosongho’s executive director Abdel Mannan and director of Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre Nipa Chowdhury, among others, were presented at the inauguration ceremony.
A large crowd gathered on BSA premises ignoring the rain to enjoy the festival.
‘Baul songs touch our souls and remind us of our roots. I hope they will organise more such festivals regularly,’ said Abdul Mannan, an audience member.
‘I came to the festival ignoring the heavy rain to listen to baul songs. Such festivals offer a much needed escape from the fast paced lifestyle we have all become accustomed to,’ said Nowraj Jahan, who came to the festival with her husband.
On Friday, the festival featured an international seminar titled ‘Shamprodayikota O Jongibaad Mokabelay Baul Dorshoner Proyojoniyota’ at 4:00pm. Baul singers presented songs at the festival from 5:00pm.
The three-day festival will end today. The closing day will feature an awards ceremony titled ‘Dui Banglar Baul Sommanona’ at 5:00pm. Following the awards ceremony, bauls of both Bangladesh and India will entertain the audience presenting diverse songs.
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