The second edition of the three-day Dhaka International Folk Festival began on Thursday featuring the folk culture and music of several countries including India, Pakistan, the UK and host Bangladesh.
The festival, organised by Sun Events in collaboration with Maasranga Television, was inaugurated by finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith who also opened last year’s edition.
Among others, Dhaka North City mayor Annisul Huq and Sun Events chairman Anjan Choudhury were present on the occasion.
In his speech, Abdul Muhith thanked the organisers for organising the gig for the second consecutive year and hoped that it would help build bridges among folk traditions of the participating countries.
Continuing its tradition from last year, this year’s programme also began with a colourful dance recital, by the members of Pallavi Dance Centre from Bangladesh.
Their performance was met with hearty applause from the crowd.
Afterwards, singer-composer Abdur Rahman Baul entered the stage and gave a short talk on humanism which he said remains at the centre of his musical endeavour.
He began his performance with a song titled ‘Tumio Manush, Amio Manush,’ and followed it up with the extremely popular song ‘Bonde Maya Lagaise, Piriti Shikhaise.’
The second performer of the evening was Tun Tun Baul, a devotee of baul legend Fakir Lalon Shah, who presented several Lalon songs.
Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti from UK, Raju Das Baul from India, and Farida Yasmin from Bangladesh collaborated for the third performance, captivating the audience with their songs.
However, the evening’s prime attractions were performances by Javed Bashir from Pakistan, known as a master of Sufi and Hindustani classical music, and Momotaz Begom from Bangladesh.
The venue turned out to be a hangout place for the weekend revellers who came in great numbers and enjoyed the stage performances as well as the company of their friends and family members.
Nusrat, a teacher, said this type of programme can help in creating a greater understanding of – and interaction between – different traditions.
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