Dhaka International Folk Fest 2019 ends

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Nov 17,2019


Malek Kawal and his troupe perform at Dhaka International Folk Festival at Bangladesh Army Stadium on Saturday night. — Abdullah Apu

Dhaka International Folk Festival 2019 ended on Saturday night at Bangladesh Army Stadium.

Thousands of music lovers gathered at the venue to enjoy the last night of the biggest folk music concert of the year.

The concluding day of the three-day festival featured performances by local folk singers Chandana Majumder and Malek Dewan along with Russian Folk Band Sattuma and Pakistani sufi music band Junnon.

The day’s festivities commenced with the performance of Malek Kawal, who has been practising Qawwali songs for more than four decades, and his troupe.

He opened his performance singing Yeh rassol yeh khuda ko bhul giya and later presented songs like Mast khayal e bhandari, Maulana maulana o maulana and others depicting greatness of God.

Following which, Russian Karelian- Finnish folk band Sattuma entertained the audience rendering a number of Russian and Spanish songs. Besides, the band presented instrumental recitals to the delight of the audience.

Since its founding in 2003, Sattuma has pulled the heartstrings of people of Russia, the USA, Finland, Scandinavia, Estonia and Germany performing in different concerts.

Renowned Lalon singer Chandana Majumder was the third artiste of the night. She entertained the audience presenting diverse Lalon songs like Jagot muktite bhulalen shai, Dhonya dhonya boli tare and Tumi janonare priyo.

The fifth Dhaka International Folk Festival ended with the performance of Pakistani sufi music band Junoon.

The band was founded in 1990 by Salman Ahmed, also the lead guitarist of the band.

Junoon enthralled the thousand-strong audience at the venue with its songs, music and melodies containing the magical euphony of sufi music.

Dhaka International Folk Fest commenced on Thursday.

Local folk singer Shah Alam Sarkar, Indian singer Daler Mehendi and Georgian folk music band Cheveneburebi performed at the festival on the opening day.

Local folk singers Shafiqul Islam, Kamruzzaman Rabbi and Fakir Shahbuddin, Malian band Habib Koite & Bamada and Pakistani singer Hina Nasrullah entertained the audience on the second day of the festival.

Around 200 artistes from various countries, including Mali, Georgia, India, Pakistan and Russia attended the three-day festival.

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