Bangladesh Cultural Fest 2020

Gambhira songs presented at Shilpakala

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:07, Jan 15,2020


Chapainawabganj-based artistes perform a gambhira song at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday. — Press release

Chapainawabganj-based artistes entertained the audience rendering traditional gambhira songs on Bangladesh Shilpakala premises on the 12th day of on-going Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020 on Tuesday.

Gambhira songs originated as devotional songs dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva. The songs have two categories including the primary gambhira and the narrative gambhira. Eventually, Muslim singers started rendering gambhira songs and the art form gradually evolved over the years.

Chapainawabganj became the epicentre of gambhira songs, which are rendered by two artistes pretending to be grandfather and grandson.

Firoze Ahmed and Abdul Razzak performed the song while Sabina, Khushi, Nishi, Anika, Happy and others presented dance recitals. The artistes were accompanied by Saiful Islam on harmonium, Moyez Hossein Tutul on tabla, Ansar Ali on flute, Tahrul Islam on dotara, Sitesh Singha on dhol and Sribhagya Das on kartal.

The day’s programme commenced with rendition of the national anthem. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Acrobatic Team performed various stunts. Special children performed dance recitals. Noted recitation artiste Jayanta Chattopadhyay recited poems.

Besides, artistes from Jhalakathi, Chapainawabganj and Magura delighted the audience performing dances, songs, instrumental recitals and others.

Three documentaries on Jhalakathi, Chapainawabganj and Magura were also screened at the programme.

Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020, which began on January 3, will end on January 23. Over five thousands artistes from 64 districts of the country are participating in the festival.

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