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Curtain rises on the 3nd night of Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016

The 3rd night of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015 opened on 26th November at Army Stadium, Dhaka.

The first performance was on sarod by students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay. The students were Kamal Jahir Shamim, Khandakar Shamsuzzaman, Md Ilias Khan, Illham Fuljhuri Khan, Ishra Fuljhuri Khan, Sharif Mohammad Khan and Al Junayed Didar. They played a composition on Raga Kafi. Pinu Das Sen and Ratan Kumar Das accompanied them on tabla during the performance. Pundit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, the guru of these students expressed his optimism about the bright future of his students and felicitated them after the performance. Artist Hashem Khan handed over the crest to the 7-year old Ishra Fuljhuri Khan, the youngest artistes of this year’s festival.

The second performance of the night was a beguiling Carnatic flute rendition by Shashank Subramanyam. He performed Raga Poorvikalyani, a raga similar to that of Puriya Kalyan from the same region. His mesmerizing performance ended with melodious traditional compositions. Satyajit Talwalkar was on tabla, Parupalli Phalgun on mridangam and Elvin Majumder was on tanpura during the performance. Architect Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury handed over the crest to the artistes.

The third performances of the night was by Dr. Prabha Atre. She performed Khayal in Raga Shaym Kalyan and Raga Madhurokosh. Madhurokosh is her own creation. After that she performed Dadra Nayki in Raga Kanada. Chetna Banawat accompanied her on the vocals. In the end, she performed Bhajan in Raga Bhairavi.  Rohit Majumdar played the tabla while Prashanta Bhowmik played the harmonium. At the end of the performance, actress Ferdousi Majumdar handed over the crest to performing artiste.

The fourth performance, tabla recital by Pundit Anindo Chatterjee. Accompanying him was his son Anubrata Chatterjee. The duo presented Uthan, Peshkar, Kaida, Gatt and Chakradar in Teen Taal with Murad Ali Khan, who accompanied them on sarangi. The artistes received crests from AKM Mozammel Haque, Honorable Minister for Liberation War Affairs.

The three other performances of the night are Dhrupad by Pundit Uday Bhawalkar; Sitar by Pt Sanjoy Bandopadhyay; and Khayal by Ustad Rashid Khan.

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 and 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).

Photo Courtesy: Bengal Foundation

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