Renowned singers and music troupes from across the country are participating at the second national people’s song festival, now under way at the open field of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Organised by Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samannay Parishad, the three-day festival kicked off on Friday with enthusiastic participation of people’s song singers from different parts of the country.
Cultural personality and former Udichi president Kamal Lohani inaugurated the festival, while information minister Dr Hasan Mahmud attended the inaugural programme as the chief guest. Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, also convener of the festival, delivered the welcome speech and Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samannay Parishad president Fakir Alamgir presided over the inaugural programme.
‘People’s song has played an important role in making the mass people aware of their rights during all our democratic movements. In the 1950s and 1960s, the genre was the best suited one to express the aspirations of the people,’ said Kamal Lohani.
‘Many critics thought that people’s song would become redundant after the country became independent. But we now know for sure that the genre is all the more necessary today to make people aware against any anomalies and injustices,’ added Lohani.
Information minister, in his speech, said, ‘People’s songs sow the seed of patriotism in people’s hearts.’
Following the inauguration, ten music troupes and a number of soloists entertained the audience with popular people’s songs.
Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samannay Parishad artistes commenced the performance with a chorus rendition of patriotic song Joy Bnagla Banglar Joy.
Artistes of Noakhali-based troupe Bishwabhuban presented popular people’s songs, which were very popular during the liberation war, including Purba digante surya uthechhe, Teer hara ei dheu-er sagor and Aj jato juddhabaj.
Chandpur-based Saptasur artistes presented Banglar Hindu Banglar Boiddho, Shono ekti Mujiburer theke and others.
Artistes of Munshiganj-based Anneshan, Rajshahi-based Joy Bangla, Sherpur Udichi, Dhaka-based Wrishiz Shilpigoshthi, Kranti Shilpigoshthi and Sursagoir Academy entertained the audience with chorus renditions of songs like Bhoy ki moroney, Amra milechhi ajke, Manush bhajle sonar manush hobi, Janatar Sangram chalbei, Buk bendhe tui dwara, Baan esechhe mora gangey, Ram Rahim na juda koro and others.
Renowned singers Timir Nandi, Bulbul Mahalanbish, Alok Dasgupta and others entertained the audience with solo performances.
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