Bhawaiya artistes have long been demanding the formation of a centre that they believe could help in the promotion, preservation and popularisation of Bhawaiya, a music genre popular in the northern part of Bangladesh.
The demand was reiterated on Monday by the singer Mustafizur Rahman and his troupe Bhawaiya Angan during a show in which they entertained the crowd with a few popular Bhawaiya songs.
The programme, organised by Bhawaiya Angan at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday, was attended as chief guest by the state minister for LGRD, Moshiur Rahman Ranga, and eminent Bhawaiya singer-researcher Mustafa Zaman Abbasi.
The state minister, responding to the demand for a state-run Bhawaiya centre, said his ministry would help found it.
‘There’s no denying that we need to do something to preserve and promote Bhawaiya. I believe the cultural affairs ministry is working to that end. I would try my level best to help found the centre,’ said Moshiur Rahman Ranga.
Following the discussion, a book titled ‘Bangladesh-er Char Juger Bhawaiyar Itihas’ was launched. Written by Mustafizur Rahman, the book details the practices, trends and major events in the history of Bhawaiya in post-war Bangladesh.
Mustafizur Rahman, who also celebrated his 55th birthday through the programme, ended the show with the rendition of several popular Bhawaiya numbers including Phande Pariya Boga Kande Re, Sukh Boro Dhan Bhai Re, Hamar Bari Rangpur, and Phande Machh Dekhiya.
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