Dotara orchestra moves audience

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:16, Jan 08,2017

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy

A choir presents dotara at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

A musical show featuring a dotara performance by an orchestra was held at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.

Swarup Dotara Sangskritik Shilpigoshthi organised the programme to promote dotara, a traditional two-or-four stringed instrument.

Fifty dotara players, accompanied by 15 others on tabla, percussion and ektara, created a beguiling atmosphere in the hall with their skilled recreation of songs of diverse genres as well as a dhun.

They began with a dotara rendition of the national anthem of Bangladesh and followed it up with Rabindranath Tagore’s patriotic song Gram Chhara Oi Ranga Matir Path.

The hourlong show also included instrumental presentation of songs of several folk genres including Bhawaiya, Bhatiyali, Sari, Jari and songs of well-known folk bards. 

Among them were Fakir Lalon Shah’s Jaat Gelo Jaat Gelo and Milon Hobe Koto Diney, Hason Raja’s Loke Bole Bole Re, the Bhawaiya song O Ki Garial Bhai, and the Sari song Sonar Bandali Nao.

Adding diversity to the dotara-themed show, there was a short dance recital synchronised with a dotara rendition of the popular song Bhalo Koira Bajao Go Dotara.

The show ended with a mesmerising rendition of a dhun based on the light and playful raga Jhinjhoti.

The programme was attended as chief guest by finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, with lawmaker Mirza Azam and cultural affairs secretary Aktari Mamtaz in attendance.

‘This event was part of our initiative to promote and popularise traditional instruments. From this organisation, we have already teaching instruments like dotara, ektara and mandira,’ said Nirmal Kumar Das, president of Swarul Dotara Sangskritik Shilpigoshthi and a seasoned dotara player.

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