3-day Radharaman Sangeet Utsab begins today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 14,2019


Radharaman Dutta

A three-day Radharaman Sangeet Utsab featuring songs of Sylheti dhamail music composer Radharaman Dutta will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today.

Radharman Sangskriti Charcha Kendra has organised the music festival marking the 104th death anniversary of the bard.

This is the ninth Radharaman Sangeet Utsab. The first festival was organised in 2011.

This year’s festival will feature discussion on Radharaman Dutta and cultural performances by 100 artistes from across the country.

Folklorist Shamsuzzaman Khan will be present as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the festival.

Artistes from Dhaka and Mymensingh will entertain the audience on the opening day of the event.

Among others, Chandana Majumdar, Shahanaz Bely, Narayan Chandra Shil, Anima Mukti Gomes, Biman Chandra Biswas and others will perform at the festival on the opening day.

‘We have been organising the festival since 2011 for promoting Radharaman Dutta’s songs among the mass people. I invite all to visit the festival,’ Bishwajit Roy, general secretary of Radharman Sangskriti Charcha Kendra, told New Age. 

Radharaman Dutta, born in 1833 in Keshabpur village in Jagannathpur Upazila, Sunamganj District, Sylhet, was both a composer and lyricist. A prominent

Baul singer, his impressive body of work has led him to be considered the ‘father of Dhamail songs’ while his music is still widely performed by modern Bengali musicians. He wrote and composed over 2,000 songs in the Baul tradition.

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