Spirit of Shahbagh in Kolkata
Expressing solidarity with the young protesters at Shahbagh (Dhaka) and elsewhere across Bangladesh, organisers representing Bengal Foundation and ITC-Sangeet Research Academy lit candles at 7pm (Bangladesh time) at the February 14 programme of â€œBangla Gaan-er Utshabâ€, being held at ITC-SRA ground, Kolkata in India.
Eminent artist Professor Rafiqun Nabi graced the occasion as a special guest. Bengal Foundation Chairman, Abul Khair; executive director of ITC-SRA, Ravi Mathur; monthly literary journal 'Kali O Kalom' editor, Abul Hasnat; Founder and Chairman of BRAC, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed; and CEO, Chief Editor of Maasranga Television, Syed Fahim Munaim lit candles at the festival venue.
Three noted Bangladeshi artistes -- Mita Huq, Bulbul Islam, Laisa Ahmed Lisa -- along with Aditi Gupta (from Kolkata) performed mainly Tagore songs on the seventh day of the festival.
Aditi Gupta set off the day's programme with several Tagore songs including â€œMor Shondhaye Tumiâ€, â€œKar Milon Chaoâ€ and â€œMor Beena Otheyâ€.
Bulbul Islam started off his part with a patriotic song â€œO Amar Desh-er Matiâ€. His performance of devotional pieces, including â€œTomaye Amaye Milon Hobey Boleyâ€ and â€œTomaye Notun Korey Pabo Boleyâ€ were soulful. Bulbul Islam also captured the essence of spring with renditions of â€œEi Udashi Hawar Poth-e Poth-eâ€ and â€œEki Labonye Purna Pranâ€. He wrapped up his part with â€œAmi Chanchal Heyâ€.
Laisa Ahmed Lisa won hearts with â€œChitto Pipashito Reyâ€, â€œJe Raat-e Mor Duarguliâ€, â€œAmi Tomar Shongeâ€, â€œKe Bolechhey Tomaye Bondhuâ€ and â€œKi Sur Bajey Moner Majheyâ€. The singer presented a moving rendition of the DL Roy song â€œMoloy Ashiyaâ€, that articulated the message of spring. Lisa, with utmost devotion, performed a baitalik song â€œShudhu Tomar Bani Noy Goâ€.
Mita Huq was the last performer of the night. The artiste performed an array of songs including â€œKoto Ajanareyâ€, a â€œGeetanjaliâ€ number â€œJagotey Anandajoggeyâ€, â€œPran-e Khushir Joar Eshechheyâ€, â€œAmar Poth-e Poth-eâ€ â€œMon-e Robey Kinaâ€ at the festival. She immersed in musical nirvana when presenting â€œE Porobashey Robey Keâ€ and wrapped up her part with â€œJodi Tor Daak Shuney Keu Na Asheyâ€.
Today's (last day of the festival) programme will feature artistes -- Siddiqur Rahman, Chandana Majumdar, Rob Fokir, Ramkanai Das, Kiran Chandra Roy and Farida Parveen -- performing folk songs. The albums to be launched are: â€œBajuk Pran-e Bangla Gaanâ€, â€œBhober Ghat-eâ€ by Chandana Majumdar, â€œShomoy Gele Sadhon Hobey Naâ€ by Farida Parveen, â€œSur-dhunir Kinara-eâ€ by Ramkanai Das and â€œMon-e Ki Porey Na Pothikâ€ by Kiran Chandra Roy.
The festival, dedicated to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, has Prothom Alo and The Daily Star as partners. Maasranga Television is the broadcast partner and Charbela Chardik, Kali O Kalam and Bengal Barota are media partners of the festival.