Dr. Sayeem Rana's book on traditional musical instruments launched
The launching ceremony for a book titled “A Historical Perception of Traditional Musical Instruments for Younger Generation” was recently held at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Dr. Sayeem Rana, a Lecturer at the Department of Music of University of Dhaka, has conducted much research prior to authoring the book. Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA) and Concerts Norway jointly organised the launching ceremony in association with BSA.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Anisuzzaman attended the event as chief guest. Anne Moberg, Head of International Projects, Concerts Norway, graced the occasion as special guest. Sadya Afreen Mallick, eminent Nazrul exponent and Editor of Star Arts and Entertainment and Saimon Zakaria, assistant director of Bangla Academy discussed the book. Pijush Bandyopadhyay, president of BITA and theatre personality, presided over the programme.
“To promote the culture of Bangladesh, we have to put special emphasis on the musical instruments of the country,” said Professor Anisuzzaman.
The book focuses on musical instruments used by various indigenous people across Bangladesh. To spark interest among the younger generation in traditional musical instruments, BITA and Concerts Norway jointly published the book. The book meticulously explores 400 indigenous musical instruments, their collection processes and preservation. Going a step ahead, the writer Dr. Sayeem Rana has proposed a museum to preserve and display the traditional instruments.