The sweet notes of the year | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 01, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 01, 2017

The sweet notes of the year

2016 remained a largely happening year in the arts and culture arena of Bangladesh, despite turbulent times. Be it music, dance, visual arts, theatre or films, major organisations were active despite the looming gloom cast by terrorist incidents and security concerns. A number of events of all scale happened all through the calendar -- including international-level celebrations like the Dhaka Art Summit, International Folk Music Festival, the marquee Bengal Classical Music Festival and Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh. People of all walks of life defied fear to attend the major festivals in tens of thousands, in a testament of this country and its people's love for their arts, culture and heritage. 

Mongol Shobhajatra, Pahela Boishakh
Bashanta Utshob

Bangladesh's culture and heritage continued to be celebrated in the year, be it by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's “Bangladesh Cultural Festival”, or celebrations of Bashanta (Spring), Noboborsho (Bangla New Year) or Sharat (Autumn).

Tagore Song soiree, Chhayanaut
Mustafa Monwar's Birthday Celebration

Cultural organisations took every chance to hold programmes, be it the anniversary of Tagore or the birthday of celebrated artists like Mustafa Monwar. 

The National Film Day was celebrated in April through a joyous programme with attendance of veterans of the industry. 

Television also saw a busy year, with yesteryear star Diti's passing being one of the most tragic occasions. She continued to work in TV for as long as her health permitted. 

Nazrul Memorial Programme, Chhayanaut
Dance drama Sakuntala by Bhabna
Manipuri Dance by Warda Rihab, IGCC
Sadhona's Monipuri Dance

2016 was a good one for dance troupes, from Nrityanchal to Shadhona, Bhabna, Chhayanaut and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy which presented many excellent productions. 

Ferdous Ara at Celebrating Life

The Daily Star's Celebrating Life gala was a major cultural event of the year with musical and dance performances and a concert, while two music videos of Nazrul songs were also released under the initiative of The Daily Star. 

Atif Aslam

Popular singers from neighbouring countries entertained the Dhaka audience thoroughly through their concerts. 

Chirkut at Celebrating Life
Farhan Akhtar
Nazrul music video at the initiative of The Daily Star
The Ekushey Book Fair, one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the world, continued to draw enthusiastic readers.
Pundit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Purbayan Chatterjee

The fifth edition of the Bengal Classical Music Festival brought back some of the biggest stars of classical music to Dhaka amid a festive atmosphere. 

Paban Das Baul at the Folk Fest

The Dhaka International Folk Fest also returned for the second year, with artistes from home and abroad taking the stage to enthrall tens of thousands every night. 

Raarang, theatre play by Aranyak

The theatre scenario of the country remained vibrant throughout the year with a number of new productions, as well as reputed troupes bringing their most successful plays back to the audience. 

Dhaka Art Summit
Terracotta Exhibition

A number of art exhibitions and festivals of various scales kept art lovers busy all year, most notably the Dhaka Art Summit early in the year and the International Art Biennale Bangladesh 2016 in December. 

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