The fourth edition of Dhaka International Folk Fest, a celebration of folk music from across the world, kicked off amid great enthusiasm and festivity at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital on
A packed audience comprised of thousands of music lovers, lent their ears to the electrifying performances by local folk singer Abdul Hai Dewan, Indian singer Satyaki Banerjee and troupe Wadali Brothers and Polish troupe Dikanda on the opening night.
The festival opened with folk dance recitals by 53 artistes of local dance troupe Bhabna. The troupe presented an array of recitals starting from the one rendered to the rhythm of the popular tune
Sohag chand bodoni and ending with an improvisation of raibenshe, a martial dance.
Abdul Hai Dewan, a disciple of the famous folk singer-composer Matal Kabi Razzak Dewan, came next to entertain the audience with some of the most popular folk songs including Mago ma Jhigo jhi, Rangila Barai, Piritir bazaar bhalo na and others.
The first foreign band to perform this year was Dikanda from Poland. Widely popular for its acoustic music representing European folk, the band enthralled the audience with its numbers Dikanda, Uszito etc.
Indian singer Satyaki Banerjee, who is equally popular in Bangladesh for his versatile singing style, then took to the stage to delve into the blissful world of Bangla folk songs composed by the likes of Fakir Lalon Shah, Bhoba Pagla and others.
The opening night ended with a powerful performance by Wadali Brothers, a troupe from Punjab, India. Puranchand Wadali and his son Lakhwinder Wadali won the hearts of the audience with rendition of sufi songs composed by poets like Bulleh Shah, Shah Hussain, Farid Shah and others.
Earlier, Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated the festival, in the presence of Sun communications chairman Anjan Chowdhury.
‘The festival has been instrumental in building bridges among the folk traditions of different countries and also to bring international attention to the rich diversity of the folk music of this country,’ said Anjan Chowdhury, adding that ‘in its fourth year, the festival has become one of the most important events on our cultural
calendar’, said Anjan Chowdhury.
Orgnaised by Sun Communications, the three-day festival is featuring performances by over a hundred artistes from seven countries — Bangladesh, India, Poland, Pakistan, Bahrain, Spain and America.
Today, the festival will offer performances by Grammy-winning American band Los Texmaniacs, Indian band The Raghu Dixit Project, Bahrain band Majaz, along
with local band Swarobanjo and singer Momotaz Begum.
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