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12:00 AM, December 22, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 22, 2012

Rafiqul-Abida duo in Dubai


Seasoned singer Rafiqul Alam with his wife noted singer Abida Sultana led an 11-member cultural troupe to concerts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) marking the 41st Victory Day celebration programme. The Bangladesh Consulate General in Dubai, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign and Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh arranged the three day victory festival.
The programme featured performances of patriotic songs that represented Bangladesh, Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (SBBK) songs and catchy Bangladeshi folk songs. Rafiqul Alam and Abida Sultana also rendered two Arabic songs, written by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, the founder of the UAE at the concerts.
"We try to represent Bangladesh while performing abroad. As cultural ambassadors we promote the country's rich literary and cultural legacy," said Alam.
The singer couple are avid performers of foreign songs. Abida Sultana can render songs in 32 languages while Rafiqul Alam can perform in 28 languages.
"While on a tour we generally try to perform songs of other nations. In this way the audience seem to enjoy and appreciate our efforts," said Rafiqul Alam.

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