Music festival starts at Dhaka University

Dhaka University is arranging a two daylong music festival from today. Department of Music is leading this program which will be held at TSC auditorium of Dhaka University.

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad will inaugurate the festival as the chief guest at 5 pm today. Vice Chancellor of DU AAMS Arefin Siddique; Pro-Vice Chancellor Harun Ar Rashid and Treasure Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley will be present as special guests on the occasion.

“Aside from participating in the events arranged by DU, the department of music regularly chalks out elaborate programmes to mark national days and festivities like International Mother Language Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, Pahela Falgun, Pahela Baishakh, Nobanno Utshab, Rabindra and Nazrul Jayanti, Department and University Day (July 1), Saraswati Puja and more,” Chairman of Music Department, Kuheli Islam, said.

“This music festival aims to nurture pure forms of music. We generally hold it at the end of July as an ode to monsoon. The monsoon is closely associated with the culture and Bengali way of life,” she added.

“Tomar Ananda Oi Elo Dwarey,” a Tagore composition, is the theme song of this year’s festival. The festival will feature classical music (compositions on Raga Aahir Bhairav), Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, folk music, adhunik songs and dance performances.

Ferdaus Ara, Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Mohiuzzaman Chowdhury, Anima De Costa, Shayan, Tuntun Baul, Pagla Bablu, Dil Afroz Reba will perform songs at the festival as guest artistes. Choreographed by Laila Hasan, artistes of Nataraj will perform a dance composition. Eminent dancer Sharmila Bandyopadhyay will also perform at the event.

Renowned litterateur Selina Hossain as the chief guest and Dr. Sadrul Amin, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, as a special guest will be present on the concluding day (July 31) of the festival.

Music researcher Professor Mridul Kanti Chakraborti of DU is the convenor of the festival.

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