Shurer Dhara, the music school founded by noted Tagore singer Professor Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya concluded its four-day silver jubilee programme at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre from April 11-14 in the capital.
The big show, bundling together Chaitra Sankranti, Borshoboron and Shurer Dhara's silver jubilee was enriched with seminars, discussions, songs, dances, and recitations by experts and distinguished guests from home and abroad. The festivities kicked off on April 11 in association with Channel i (who also broadcast the show, live), inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It was attended by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor and Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman, among others.
The second part of the programme featured a cultural programme with performances of chorus songs by artistes of Shurer Dhara, solo songs by Fahmida Khatun, Sadi Mohommod, Salma Akbar, Shama Rahman, Sajed Akbar, Laisa Ahmed Lisa and Srikant Acharya (India), recitation by Asaduzzaman Noor, dance performance by Nrityanandan and presentation of the dance drama “Chandalika” by Byatikrom from Guwahati, Assam (India).
Presided over by Professor Biswajit Ghosh, second day's programme included a seminar on “Padma Parer Ganer Kobi” (Poets from Across the River Padma), where Professor Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya presented the keynote paper on which Professor Agniv Bandopaddhya (India) and Professor Azizur Rahman Tuhin discussed. Parliament speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was the chief guest in the second part of the day's programmes, where education minister Nurul Islam Nahid and VC of Dhaka University Professor Dr. Aktaruzzaman also spoke. Solo songs by Iffat Ara Dewan, Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Aditi Mohsin, Bulbul Islam, Monomoy Bhattacharya (India) and Agniv Bandopaddhya, dance by artistes of Shurer Dhara, recitation by Rupa Chakroborty and dance drama “Prempothe” by the troupe Imon from Jalpaiguri, India featured in the cultural programme.
A seminar on “Atmojiboner Nattyorup” was the third day's opening event that was presided over by Professor Shafi Ahmed. The keynote paper was presented by Professor Soumitra Basu (India) while thespian Ataur Rahman and Professor Partha Chakroborty (India) discussed on the topic. The second part included songs by Shurer Dhara singers and solo performances by Lily Islam, Mahiuzzaman Chowdhury and Anima Roy while Bratoty Bandopaddhya (India), Prova Majumdar (India) and Bhaswar Bandopaddhya presented recitations. This was followed by the drama “Falguni” enacted by Shurer Dhara members, and a dance jointly performed by Shurer Dhara and Dance Department of Dhaka University. The third day concluded with a documentary on Shurer Dhara, its achievements and vision. Finance Minister AMA Muhith was the Chief Guest in the day, while Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu also spoke.
The fourth and concluding day was a celebration of the Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla New Year. At dawn, a thousand voices sang the “Esho Hey Boishakh Esho Esho” with Shurer Dhara artistes, led by Bannya, followed by various solo and chorus performances.
The writer is a contributor to The Daily Star.