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Curtain rises on the 3nd night of Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015

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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 the 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 other performers of the night are Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar (Vocal Dhrupad), Dr. N Rajam (Violin), Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar (Vocal Khayal), Kadaikudi Mani (Carnatic ensemble) and Vidushi Shubha Mudgal (Vocal Khayal).

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.

Click below to download pictures:
1. Warda Rihab & her troupe 
2, Warda Rihab
3. Yousuf khan
Photo Courtesy: Bengal Foundation