3-day fest pays tribute to Radharaman Dutta

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 16,2019


A singer performs at Radharaman Sangeet Utsab at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. — New Age photo

Folk singers from across the country are paying tribute to late Sylheti dhamail music composer Radharaman Dutta at a three-day music festival under way on Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises.

The festival, titled ‘Radharaman Sangeet Utsab’, has been organised by Radharaman Sangskriti Charcha Kendra in association with cultural affairs ministry and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy marking the 104th death anniversary of Radharaman Dutta.

Radharaman Sangskriti Charcha Kendra has been organising the festival since 2011. This year’s festival is featuring performances by folk singers from Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet and other areas.

Thespian Syed Hasan Imam inaugurated the ninth edition of the festival on Thursday.

Chairman of Public Service Commission Dr Mohammad Sadiq, exam controller of Leading University, Sylhet Dr Moshtaq Ahmad, folk singer Akramul Islam, vice president of Radharaman Sangskriti Charcha Kendra Nripendra Devanath and its general secretary Bishwajit Roy, among others, were present at the inaugural ceremony.

‘We have been organising the festival since 2011 to promote songs of Radharaman Dutta. He composed thousands of songs encompassing diverse local genres. Besides promoting songs composed by Radharaman, the festival provides much needed platform for folk singers,’ Biswajit Roy told New Age.

The opening day of the festival featured music show and awards ceremony.

Late folk singer and composer Bidit Lal Das and late instrumentalist-professor Mridul Kanti Chakrabarty were posthumously honoured at the programme.

Chandana Majumdar, Shahanaz Bely, Narayan Chandra Shil, Anima Mukti Gomes, Biman Chandra Biswas and others presented diverse songs of Radharaman Dutta to the delight of the audience.

Besides, artistes of dance troupe Spandan performed a dance recital.

The second day of the festival featured performances by artistes from Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulvibazar and Nabiganj.

The festival will end today.

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