Living the tunes of tradition with Bangladeshi artistes at the second day of DIFF 2019 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 17, 2019

Living the tunes of tradition with Bangladeshi artistes at the second day of DIFF 2019

On the second day of Dhaka International Folk Fest (DIFF) 2019, the Bangladeshi folk artistes enchanted the audience with their outstanding performances. The evening of the festival set off with the melancholy of the promising singers Shafikul and Kamruzzaman Rabbi, from Bauliana. They entertained the music lovers with the hit songs, including Mon Mojaila Ore, Baula Gaan, Takdhum Takdhum, Ami To Bhala Na, Agey Ki Shundor Din Kataiam, and many more.

The programme proceeded with the presentation of the prominent Baul singer Kajal Dewan with his troupe, rendering Pala Gaan. Their performance kicked off with the Murshidi song, Amar Mon Pagla. Dewan kept the crowd enthralled with Piriter Bajar Bhalo Na, Tui Jibon Chhariya Gele, among others, for an hour. The performance  was uplifted with the synchronised musical arrangement, high-pitched flute piece, and the rhythm of dhol and guitar.

Renowned artiste Fakir Shahbuddin ruled the territory when he took over the stage, and started interacting with the crowd. He made the music enthusiasts spellbound with hit numbers like, Keno Bandho Dalan Ghor, Chhere De Nouka Majhi Jabo Modina, and Roshik Amar Mon Bandhia Pinjor Banaise. He then continued with several local divisional Folk songs.

Besides Bangladeshi artistes, Habib Koite and his band Bamada from Mali presented a unique style in a relaxed mood. Koite’s unmatched guitar recital and musical scores entertained the audience. The show concluded with the supremely talented Pakistani Sufi singer Hina Nasrullah, accompanied by her brother Hasan Nasrullah. She covered Nusrat Fateh Ali tracks, along with her ensemble, and charmed Dhaka’s music lovers with several unmatched compositions of Sultan Bahu and Shah Hussain, among others. The artiste later captivated the crowd with Damadam Mast Qalandar, leaving a lasting impression of melodic bliss.

The Dhaka International Folk Festival, presented by Meril, powered by Dhaka Bank and organised by Sun Communications, concluded yesterday, featuring performances by Chandana Majumdar and Malek Kawal from Bangladesh, Sattuma from Russia and Junoon from Pakistan.


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