Popular Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, who is known for his versatility in combining classical, rock and folk music, ended the fourth edition of Dhaka International Folk Fest in style.
Shafqat, who is from the ninth generation of famous Patiala Gharana, has been rocking music lovers in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh with his unique singing style. He mesmerised the Dhaka audience rendering a wide array of songs ranging from Punjabi folk through Sufi to Bollywood playbacks.
The Bangladesh Army Stadium was teeming with over twenty thousand music lovers on Saturday night when the ‘rock star ustad’ took the podium and began his captivating performance.
Shafqat began his one and half an hour spell singing Sufi number Mawla tera noor.
The singer then went to present his self-composed romantic numbers Ankhon ki sagar and Khamaj. He engaged the audience to sing with him. He next stepped down from the podium and sang the widely popular Nazm Aaj jaane ki zid na karo along with the audience.
A master singer and a good performer Shafqat then gave a gift to Dhaka audience by singing the popular yesteryear Bangla song Keu konodin amare to kotha dilona.
The next half an hour was nothing short of amazing. Shafqat cast a spell on the crowd presenting some of his most popular songs like Bin tere, Yeh chand, Mora saiyan, Tere naina, Teri jhuki najar, Yeh hosnla and others.
He ended the gig with his popular track Mitwa, a playback from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna; and rendered a Sufi number Dama dam mast qalandar.
The last night of the three-day fest opened with a riveting performance by local folk band Nakshikantha which entertained the audience rendering folk songs like O ki kajal bhromorare, Noya bari loiya re baida, Shundori koinya jole dichho dheu and others.
Baul Kabir Shah, a disciple of the late eminent folk bard-singer Abdul Karim Shah, came next to present popular dhamail songs like Je korechhe prem piriti, Krishna ailo radhar kunje, Kon mistori nao banilo and others.
Spanish band Las Migas enthralled the audience presenting its flamenco numbers, while local popular singer Arnob presented few of his popular compositions including Amar shonar moyna pakhi, Ke bojhe mawlar alekbaji and others.
The fourth edition of Dhaka International Folk Festival, organised by Sun Communications, began on Thursday and featured performances by 174 local and foreign artistes.
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