Versatile Pakistani singer Javed Bashir mesmerised the Dhaka audience with his performance on the opening day of Dhaka International Folk Festival on Thursday at the capital’s Army Stadium.
The 43-year-old, whose recording career explored a wide range of musical traditions including Sufi, Qawwali, Hindustani classical and folk, mainly presented Sufi numbers as well as two playback songs that he had sung for Bollywood films.
Javed took the stage just before midnight, as the penultimate performer, preceded by a number of local and foreign musicians including Abdur Rahman Baul, Tun Tun Baul, Raju Das Baul, Farida Yasmin, and Saimon Thacker’ Svara-Kanti.
But he was eagerly awaited and didn’t frustrate his audience as he entered in style and gave a captivating performance.
He presented a total of six songs, beginning with a short bandish – a fixed, melodic composition in Hindustani vocal music – and went on to present the famous ghazal Aaj Ki Raat Phir Nahi Hogi/ Ye Mulakhaat Phir Nahi Hogi, composed by legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
As a tribute to the legend, who has been a lifelong inspiration for Javed Bashir, he presented another famous Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan composition – Sanu Ik Pal Chain Na Aavay Aajna Tairay Bina.
A successful playback singer with many popular Bollywood numbers to his credit, he also presented two of his fan-favourite film songs: Main Tera Naam Japdi Phiran (Cocktail) and Ye Tune Kya Kiya (Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobara).
In all his performances, he made the audience join him through clapping and singing. But the last song was a showstopper, the hugely popular Sufi number Dama Dam Mast Qalandar.
After Javed, Momotaz Begom got on the stage as the evening’s last performer and presented several traditional songs.
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