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12:00 AM, March 14, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 14, 2010

‘Celebrating Life’ the musical way

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Fahmida Nabi sings at the programme. Photo: STAR

Classical music has lost none of its appeal. This was proved in ample measure at a cultural event styled 'Celebrating Life' held at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on March 10.
The programme was jointly organised by The Daily Star and Standard Chartered Bank (as a follow-up to their annual contest on lyrics, films and photography).
The audience largely comprised university students. The evening began with a song performed by two Chhayanat artistes from Dhaka. This was followed by sarod and flute recitals by the Dhaka-based Shamim Zahir and Murtaza Kabir Murad respectively. Both artistes received an overwhelming response from the audience.
Singers Fahmida Nabi, Sarah Naz Billah, Biman Chandra Biswas and Bijon Mistri performed for over an hour, giving the audience a total flavour of the event's slogan "Desher Gaaner Concert".
Artistes of Shammilito Shangskritik Jote, BAU unit came on the dais with chorus and poetry recitation that also went down well with the audience. Fahinur Rahman Shatil, Sudev Karmakar, Proshenjith Saha, Suchi Saha, Zinat-binte-Mustari, Saifa-binte-Sanwar, Joy Sen Shuvra, Shariful Hasan, Harun-ur-Rashid, Sonali Bhakta and Mukta Mondal sang and recited poems.
Mehdi Hasan, a student of Agriculture Faculty of BAU, told The Daily Star that through such programmes the young learn about the traditional musical instruments.
Earlier, at the inaugural session, BAU Vice Chancellor Professor M.A Sattar Mandal termed the event “very meaningful” as it conjures up the vision of a prosperous Bangladesh.
In his welcome speech, The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam explained the significance of the 'Celebrating Life' show. "As a nation we have a lot of achievements that deserve celebration. It is an occasion to hold our heads high among all the nations of the world, Mahfuz Anam said. Bitopi Das Chowdhury, head of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank also spoke on the occasion.
'Celebrating Life' coordinator Rafi Hossain and Nauha Munir Dihan hosted the event.

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