Art & Culture

World Music Day celebrated in Dhaka

Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad brings out a procession marking World Music Day.

Cultural Correspondent
Different cultural organisations celebrated World Music Day arranging diverse programmes at various venues in Dhaka on Friday.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad, French Embassy and other cultural groups held diverse programmes marking the day.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy held a day-long programme featuring procession, discussion and music show.
BSA organized a colourful procession in the city in celebration of the Wold dance day.
BSA artistes also presented an instrumental recital at the lobby of National Art Gallery.
A discussion was held at National Art Gallery auditorium where State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid was present as the chief guest.
Following which, artistes presented diverse songs to the delight of the audience. Child artistes of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka Sangskritik Dal, BSA artistes, Jagannath University music department, Dhaka University music department and BSA Baul troupe performed at the programme.
Besides, artistes presented songs in different languages like Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and others.
Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad also organized a two-day programme at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library.
The programme commenced at 3:00pm on Friday. The event featured a get together of artistes, procession, discussion, felicitation ceremony and others.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid was present as the chief guest, while national professor Rafiqul Islam, folk researcher Shamsuzzaman Khan, noted music director Sheikh Shadi Khan and Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, among others, were present as special guests at the discussion.
The organisation honoured BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and eminent Tagore singer Mita Haque for their contributions to country’s art and culture scene. Following which, different music troupes performed at the event.
The French embassy in Dhaka celebrated the World Music Day on at its Baridhara premises on Friday. A 36-member Asian University for Women choir presented 10 ancient compositions in French glorifying joy, peace and solidarity at the function.
The choir conducted by Selvam Thorez, the director of Alliance Francaise Chittagong, performed like the professional French speaking singers though the members of the troupe are the students from different Asian countries named Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Syria, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan.
The show began with presentation of Hodie Christus natus est, a Gregorian chant sung at the Holy Christmas. They also performed several other popular church music like the Gregorian chant Salve Regina and the Christmas carol Gaudete christus est.
Their presentation of the 16th century French composer Alessandro Costantini’s composition Confitemini Domino got huge response from the audience members, including, delegates from different foreign missions.
The French ambassador Marie-Annick Bourdin told New Age that she was very impressed by the presentation of the choir.
‘This is for the first time the embassy organised a programme celebrating the World Music Day and we want to continue it may be in different format next time,’ she said.

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