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Bengal Foundation

Unfolding a musical Master plan

Unfolding a musical Master plan

The Bengal Classical Music Festival -- Bangladesh 2014, returning to the Army Stadium in less than a fortnight, has already been established as the world's biggest festival of classical music -- in terms of the  stature and number of performers, attendance and  duration. This year, tens of thousands signed up within the first...

''Sing anything, but train classical'' – Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar

''Sing anything, but train classical'' – Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar

Pandit Ulhas N Kashalkar is a revered name in North Indian Classical Music today. Trained in the aspects of Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra gharanas, he is considered a representative of all three schools. He is said to possess the ability to switch between three styles – at times even in the course of a single performance. Pt. Kashalkar is also noted for his authentic presentations of obscure traditional ragas. He's an academic in music, and has been a guru at the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata for 20 years. The scholar will be returning to Bangladesh for the third year running to perform at the Bengal Classical Music Festival,...

THE EXTRAVAGANZA RETURNS

THE EXTRAVAGANZA RETURNS

Five nights. Fifty-five hours. One hundred and sixty artistes. The biggest classical music festival in the world is back. Anticipation had been in the air for a few weeks now; connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike of classical music, many of them christened to the art forms as recently as the last two years, had been...

A global superstar in town

A global superstar in town

One of the most celebrated dance troupes in the world, the Akram Khan Company, is currently in Dhaka, news that will excite connoisseurs of performing arts greatly. The British Council, with help of the Bengal Foundation, is facilitating the 'homecoming' of world-renowned dancer-choreographer Akram Khan -- whose roots lie in Bangladesh. Akram will be...

Tushar Dutta to perform at Arts Precinct today

Tushar Dutta to perform at Arts Precinct today

Bengal Foundation and The Daily Star, in association with Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), Dhaka are organising a solo classical music recital at The Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct at 6:30pm today. Pandit Tushar Dutta will perform Hindustani classical kheyal and other light classical genres at the soiree.   Dutta was born in Natore, Bangladesh,...

A boost to classical music

A boost to classical music

Bengal foundation organised an evening of classical music titled Dhrupadshaili at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi in the capital on August 23. The soiree featured performances of several classical genres – dhrupad, probondho gaan, kheyal, dhamar, thumri and dadra – by noted and promising artistes of Surdhuni Sangeet Bidyalaya, Jessore. Students of the music school --...

Monsoon melodies and romantic songs at Arts Precinct

Monsoon melodies and romantic songs at Arts Precinct

Bengal Foundation organised a solo musical soiree featuring a performance by noted singer Sharmin Sathi Islam at Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct on August 20. The artiste mostly presented Nazrul's monsoon melodies along with songs of yesteryears composed by Kamol Dasgupta, Himangshu Dutta, Nachiketa Ghosh, Hemanta Mukherjee, Salil Chowdhury, Khan Ataur Rahman and others....

Tribute to Tagore

Tribute to Tagore

To mark the 73rd death anniversary of Tagore, Bengal Foundation organised “Moromey Bajey”, a musical and recitation programme at Dhanmondi's Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhaka on August 9. Eminent elocutionist Bhashwar Bandopadhyay set off the event by reciting a Tagore poem dedicating to Atul Prasad Sen. He also recited several popular poems composed by the...

Looking at Sultan beyond his art

Looking at Sultan beyond his art

Bengal Foundation hosted two events at Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct on July 12, as part of extended programmes of 'Second Sight', an exhibition of selected paintings and drawings by SM Sultan from the private collection of Abul Khair. The programme began with screening of a video interview of late film-maker Tareque Masud, where he...

Focus on Sultan's genius

Focus on Sultan's genius

On June 17 at The Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, a discussion was held on “Sultan's philosophy and artistry”. The discussion was a segment of the Precinct's current exhibition, 'Second Sight', an exhibition of selected works by SM Sultan from the private collection of Abul Khair. The conversation on “Sultan's philosophy and artistry” was initiated...

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