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The 4th night of Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016 continues with spectacular performances

The 4th night of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016 opened on 27th November at Army Stadium, Dhaka.
The first performance of the night was a spectacular dance recital by Munmun Ahmed and her troupe.  They performed Kathak. Aishwarya Rahman, Anisha Irin Ahmed, Avantika Afroze, Lava Biswas, Maahima Mehnaz Anam, Maisha Maliha Khan, Masum Hossain, Md. Samim Asraf, Nusrat Fatima Khan, Parimita Rahman, Sharmin Shoheli Khanom Shoma, Sharmishtha Sonalika Sarker, Shishir Bindu Biswas, Soudamini Mazumder Paridhi, Uzma Samad, Zerin Tasfih Reshma, Kazi Anisa Zaman, Roopkotha Chowdhury were among the troupe members. Tanjila Karim Shorolipi provided vocal support, while Moniruzzaman was on flute; Shunondo Mukherjee on Sarod, Oshit Biswas on Esraj, Subir Thakur on Tabla. Aparajita Mustafa and Wahiduzzaman were on vocal recital. The light arrangement was done by Thandu Rayhan. The troupe started their performance by paying tribute to the master with “Bhinno Shoroj”. Following which, they performed Kathak in Tritaal. During the second part, Mumun Ahmed performed a dance number with the thumri “mori gagariya kaheko fori re Shyam”.  Enam Ahmed Chowdhury, the former Chairman of Privatization Commission, handed over the crest to the artiste.
The 2nd performance of the night was tabla by Nilesh Ranadive. He performed Teen taal on the table; Milind Kulkarni accompanied him on harmonium. The artistes received crests from former ambassador Tariq Karim.

The third performance of the night was Khayal by Jayateerth Mevundi. He performed Raga Suddha Kalyan, Adana and Natyageet. He was accompanied by Ajuinkya Joshi on tabla and Milind Kurkarni on harmonium. Hedayetullah Al Mamun, the Secretary for the Ministry of Commerce, handed over the crest to the artiste.
The fourth performance was another table rendition by two renowned artistes: Pundit Yogesh Shamsi and Pundit Subhankar Banerjee. Ajay Joglekar accompanied them on the harmonium. They performed teen taal. The artistes received crests from Ismat Ara Sadique, State Minister of Public Administrations.
The other performances of the night are: a duet (Carnatic vocal) by Ranjani & Gayatri; Sarod by Pundit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and Khayal by Pundit Ajoy Chakrabarty.
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).

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1. Pandit Yogesh Samsin & Pandit Subhankar Banerjee
2. Jayateerth Mevundi

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