The fifth Dhaka International Folk Fest, a grand celebration of folk music from across the globe, lifted its curtain amid festivity at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital on Thursday night.
Thousands of music lovers thronged the venue and lent their ears to the enthralling performances by leading local folk singer Shah Alam Sarkar, Indian singer Daler Mehendi and Georgian folk music band Cheveneburebi on the opening night of the three-day festival.
The festival commenced with folk dance recitals by local dance troupe Prema and Bhabna Nritya Dal.
The troupe presented dhamail, stick dance and more synchronised with songs like Ami robo na robo na, Kon gangey ailo pani and others to the delight of the audience.
Following which, Cheveneburebi, popular for its unique songs, performed various Georgian folk music at the event.
Information minister Hasan Mahmud inaugurated the festival in presence of foreign minister AK Abdul Momen and Sun Communication chairman Anjan Chowdhury.
‘The festival has been promoting cultural exchange and drawing attention of the international community as well. I want to thank all the volunteers and associate organisations for making the festival vibrant and glamorous,’ said Anjan Chowdhury.
Later, noted folk singer Shah Alam Sarkar rendered popular folk songs to the delight of the audience.
The opening day of the festival concluded with the performance of Daler Mehndi, who are highly influenced from the Patiala Gharana of music.
Today local folk singers Rabbi, Shafiqul, Kajal Dewan, Fakir Shahbuddin, Pakistani singer Hina Nasrullah and Habib Koiti and Bamada from Mali will perform at the event.
Around 200 artistes from various countries, including Mali, Georgia, India, Pakistan, Russia, are scheduled to perform at the festival which will end on November 16.
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