A five-day programme honouring the contributions of eminent flautist Ustad Azizul Islam in music is underway at the Nalinikanta Bhattasali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum.
Organised by Cool Exposure, the programme began on Friday featuring a performance by Ustad Azizul Islam and a display of the awards that he received in his career of five decades as well as photographs of his performances at home and abroad.
It was inaugurated by the cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘Flute is a divine instrument that has mesmerised generations of music lovers. Ustad Azizul Islam is the leading flutist in our country, a master who endeared thousands with his instrument outside the country as well,’ said Noor.
Formerly a captain of a merchant vessel, Azizul Islam trained under the tutelage of Priyada Ranjan Sengupta, Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, Ustad Bahadur Khan, Pandit Davendra Murdeshwar, and Pandit VG Karnad, among others.
After the inauguration ceremony, the maestro captivated the audience with his rendition of a few ragas on flute. He began with raga yaman, an evening raga.
He also presented late evening ragas bihag and durga and concluded his performance with the morning raga bhairav, which is sometimes presented as a concluding piece of a show.
Meanwhile, the items put on display also drew a sizeable crowd.
Among them are nearly a hundred awards from different organisations and festivals that Ustad Azizul Islam received, including Sangeet Piyasi award, Paul Harris Fellow award, Sahitya Academy award, and awards for his performances in countries like India, Australia, the USA, UK, and Canada.
Around a hundred photographs of his performances in the last five decades are also on display.
The five-day display will continue until January 24, while Ustad Azizul Islam will perform again on January 21 and 23.
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