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Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016’s 2nd Night opens with bespoke performances

The 2nd night of Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016 opened on 25th November at Army Stadium, Dhaka.

The first performance of the night was Odissi dance recitals by Vidushi Madhavi Mudgal and Arushi Mudgal. Vidushi Madhavi Mudgal performed dance numbers on Nataraj and Ashtapodi compositions; while Arushi Mudgal performed Ahlad composed on Raaga Sahana. She also performed to “Hemontey Kon Bashonter e Baani”, a song by Tagore. Finally, the duo performed together on the composition Bhairabi Pallabi. Accompanying them were Manikuntala Bhowmick and Khitiprakash Mohapatra on vocal; Jitendra Kumar Swain on pakhawaj, Yar Moho on sitar and Srinibas Satapathy on flute. Professor Emeritus Dr. Anisuzzaman, member of the board of Trustee of Bengal Foundation, handed over the crests to both Madhavi and Arushi and the other members of the troupe.

Following this was a group performance by the students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay. The troupe included Fahmida Naznin, Supantho Mojumdar, M J J Bhoobaun, Pancham Sanyal, Nusrat-E-Jahan Khushbo, Chinmoy Bhowmik and Prashanta Bhowmik. They performed teen taal on the tabla. Along with them, on harmonium was Milind Kulkarni. These students have been taught by Pundit Suresh Talwalkar. Barrister Moudud Ahmed handed over the crests to the performers. Pundit Suresh Talwarkar expressed his optimism about the bright future of these students.

The next performance was Khayal by Priyanka Gope. She performed Khayal in Raga Bagesree and Thumri in Raga Kaushikdhwani. Iftekhar Alam Pradhan accompanied her on table, Murad Ali Khan on sarangi and Uday malakar on harmonium. Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation handed over the crests to the artistes.

Rahul Sharma came next to enthrall the audience with his soulful santoor performance. He started with performing Alap-jor-jhala in Raga Gaoti; this followed three compositions namely Rupak Taal, Madhyalay and Drut Teen Taal. Satyajit Talwarkar accompanied him on tabla.

The night will also witness: Vocal presentations by Mohammed Shoeb and others; Sitar by Purbayan Chatterjee and Khayal by Pt Ulhas Kashalkar. A Duet featuring Pundit Ronu Majumdar (Flute) and U Rajesh (Mandolin) will be the last highlight of the night.

Stalls at the festival include both book stalls as well as vendor stalls offering food and beverage.  The stalls are offering ICE Media magazines and books published by Bengal Publications, Daily Star Books and Prothom Alo. The food stalls include North End Coffee Roasters, Lucknow, Chaap Station, Bistro E, Paturi.  Aranya, Bengal Café, the Bengal Film Development Forum and BRAC Bank ATMs are also present on the festival grounds. Journalists should be pleased to find access to free WiFi.

Square Group is presenting the Bengal Classical Music Festival as the title sponsor. BRAC Bank is supporting the event as the main sponsor. Maasranga TV is the broadcast partner, while ICE Business Times is the media partner. Radisson Hotel Dhaka is the hospitality partner of the event, and Square Hospital is the medical partner. Blues Communications is in-charge of the event management. The festival is being presented in association with Bengal Digital, Mango and Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay. Perfect Harmony of Singapore is the strategic partner.

For the last four 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 November 28th. The event this year is dedicated to the memory of versatile author and poet Syed Shamsul Haq (1935-2016). 

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