The folk music of Bangladesh is deeply connected with the psyche of the country and resonates through the villages of Bengal. Abdul Hai Dewan, a disciple of renowned folk singer Matal Razzak Dewan, generally performs bichchhedi songs that are well-received by the villagers of Bangladesh as they contain simple lyrics and melodies.
To represent Bangladeshi folk songs in an international platform like the fourth Dhaka International Folk Festival, Abdul Hai Dewan led his troupe and performed several bichchhedi songs on the opening night. He started off with presenting a Roshid Uddin song, Magoma Ji Go Ji, that eminent singer Bari Siddiqui composed. The accompanying instrumentalists created folk melodies on flute, violin, dhol, percussion, dotara and harmonium.
Next, he performed Piritir Bazar Bhalo Na, composed by Razzak Dewan. The singer further soothed the crowd with Tumi Kon Ba Dyashe Roila Rey Doyal Chand, penned and composed by Poran Fokir and Nabinchandro Rajbongshi respectively.
The artiste's repertoire also included songs like Bhalobashiya Rey Bondhu, Tomaro Lagiya Rey Bondhu and more. Unfortunately, the sound delivery during his performance fell flat and a bit of cacophony appeared and the audience did not seem to enjoy the performances of several songs to its full melodic glory.