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3rd Night of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015 ended with stunning performances

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The 3rd night of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015 opened on 29th November at Army Stadium, Dhaka.

The first performance was Manipuri dance by Warda Rihab.  Along with her on the stage were Badrul Alam Chowdhury, Dil Afrose Jahan, Fuleshwari Paromita, Raka Paul,Rubauiyat Saiyada Rubauiyat Taiyada,Puspita Hossain,Tasnim Sharmin,Basneen Haseen, M.A.Hosen, Anindita Roy, Antar Dewan, Maharima Sharmin, Trina Majumder, Shachin Mong Marma, Tanuja Ayub Tanni, Mubashshira Mahboob, Nafisa Islam, Jyoti Dutta, Sumaiya Ahmed, Tasmia Tabassum, Humayra Haider, Suravi Modak, Hannan Shah, Toma Das, SM Rayhanul Alam, Shapla Khatun, Joyeeta Das, Basharat Shaira. Her accompanists were Nilmoni Singha, Surojit Singha, Roni Singha,Direndro Kumar Singha and Sunil Singha. Warda and her troupe presented Leichan, which means an assortment of flower bouquet. This ritualistic dance number consists of Kathokchaba, Basanta, Gostha Kreeda, Jaya Jaya Deva Hare. The festival memento was handed over to Warda by artist Ranjit Das.

Next came on stage was professional Sarod player Yousuf Khan. Accompanied him on Tabla was Iftekhar Alam Prodhan. He performed Raaga Kirwani. The festival memento was handed over to him by Abul Khair, the Chairman of Bengal Foundation.

The third artiste to perform was the celebrated Indian classical vocalist of the Dhrupad genre, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar. He performed dhrupad in Raaga Behag and Raaga Shankara. He also performed Raaga Sohini. On Pakhawaj was Mohan Shyam Sharma and on Tanpura were Gopesh Gaur and Santosh Kumar.  The festival memento was handed over to him by Dipu Moni, former Foreign Affairs Minister.

The fourth performer to come on stage was violinist Dr N Rajam; her daughter Dr. Sangeeta Shankar and granddaughters Ragini Shankar and Nandini Shanker. On Tabla was Mukund Raj Deo. She performed Raaga bageshri and Thumri in Raaga Khamaz. Later she explained the difference between Gayaki Ang and Tantrakari Ang with the help of Raaga Malkaush. Finally she performed the Nazrul Sangeet “brojogopee kheley hari” on Violin. The festival memento was handed over to him by Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith.

The next performance was by Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar. She performed Khayal in Raaga Nand/ Anandi Kalyan and Raaga Kausi-Kanada. She also rendered Thumri in Raaga Majh Khamaz. Her accompanists were Aneesh Pradhan on Tabla, Sudhir Nayak on Harmonium and on Latifun Juli and Supriya Das on Tanpura.

Guru Kadaikudi Mani came on stage with Carnatic ensemble. He performed Loy Vidyasan. His accompanists were Amrit N on Khanjira ; Suresh Vaidyanathan on Ghatam; Bharadwaj R Sathavalli on Morsing  and Nagai Narayanan on Thalam.

Vidushi Shubha Mudgal ‘s Khayal performance was the last performance of the night. She performed Raaga Bhatiyar, Raaga Ramkeli, Raagmala and Thumri in Raaga Bhairavi. Aneesh Pradhan was with her on Tabla and Sudhir Nayak on Harmonium. The festival memento was handed over to her by the Honourable Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor.

The following day’s event will start at 7pm and continue till 5am in the morning. The fourth day will include performances by Guru Radha and Raja Reddy (dance Kuchipudi), Ganesh & Kumaresh Rajagopalan (instrumental Carnatic Violin Duo),  Pandit  Shivkumar Sharma (Santoor), Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar ( Sarod) , Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar (vocals Khayal), Ustad Zakir Hussain  (Tabla).

The audience can enjoy quality food and beverages at the festival from various stalls. There are stalls offering ICE Media magazines and books published by Bengal Publications, Daily Star Books and Prothoma. Aranya, Bengal Café, the Bengal Film Development Forum and BRAC Bank ATMs are also present at the festival grounds. Journalists should be pleased to find the WiFi zone just for them.

The festival is being organized by Bengal Foundation and presented by Square group, supported by BRAC Bank Ltd, powered by Robi Axiata Ltd. ICE Today, ICE Business Times, Bengal Barota are the media partners, with Maasranga TV (Bangladesh) as the broadcast partner. Le Meridien Dhaka is the hospitality partner; Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay and Bengal Digital are associating the event. Overall support provided by Perfect Harmony Production Singapore along with Blues Communications in charge of event management.

For the last three years, the Bengal Classical Music Festival has been the largest classical music event in the subcontinent showcasing performances from over two hundred classically trained singers and dancers. With the goal to popularize and perpetuate the practice of classical music, this festival will go on till December 2nd. The event is dedicated to the late artist, Qayyum Chowdhury.

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1. Dr. N Rajam
2. Guru Karaikudi Mani
3. Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar
4, Vidushi Shubha Mudgal

Photo Courtesy: Bengal Foundation