Bringing Beauty, Price and Harmony By: Tanim Ahmed Broadcast Journalist, Channel -9

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Bengal Foundation organized five days (27th December-1st December) classical festival in the army stadium. Last 3 years this festival’s presented by Square & Courtesy by Bengal Foundation

Focusing on program

Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014 wrapped up on a high note with the magical performance of legendary sarod genius Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The maestro started off with offering Raga Khamaj. Next, starting with raga Bhairavi, the maestro played Bilashkhani-and alap for five minutes. He later returned to playing raga Bhairavi and recited a gat set on Raga Todi on tentacle and drut ektaal. The sarodia fashioned a musical high through weaving a garland of melodies with several ragas – Jogia, Gunkeli, Lalit, Bhupal Todi, Bairagi and Anand Bhairavi. The performance appeared transcendental as tabla artiste Satyajit Talwalkar and pakhawaj artiste Pt. Fateh Singh Gangani generated divine rhythms.

Dedicated to Polli Kabi Jasimuddin

This festival was dedicated to Palli Kabi Jasimuddin. The world’s largest classical music festival in terms of a number of performers on a single stage, audience capacity, and duration, held this year bigger and better! This time around, the Festival goes on all night, for 5 consecutive nights. The list of performers include names such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Vidushi Kishori Amonkar, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ajoy Chakra arty,  Ustad  Shahid Parvez Khan, Kaushiki Chakrabarty amongst many more.

Rhythm for Music Lover

This third edition of the Bengal Classical Music Festival ended with great enthusiasm of thousands of classical music lovers. Every day over 50,000 audiences enjoyed performances of the leading classical singers and dancers of Bangladesh and India at the festival. A total of 160 artists, including 75 local and 85 Indian artistes, performed in the dusk-to-dawn shows during the five days of the festival. The big names of this festival included Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Vidushi Kishori Amonkar, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, and others, along with noted local artistes like Asit Roy, Mohammad Moniruzzaman and Amit Chowdhury. The last day’s performances were dedicated to the eminent artist. 

The magnetic part of the festival:

Legendary musician Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia kept the audience spellbound with an early morning raga on his mystical flute at Bengal Classical Music Festival. The most anticipated performances of the night were given by sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and celebrated vocalist Vidushi Kishori Amonkar. A number of eminent Bangladeshi artistes including Farida Parveen, Khairul Anam Shakil, and Kiran Chandra Roy rendered three songs in chorus to set off the closing day’s performances. Kathak prodigy Vishal Krishna came next, enthralling the audience in a scintillating display of fluidity, speed and grace as he performed Shiv Bandana and various other compositions.

 Qayyum Chowdhury:

Qayyum Chowdhury, who died on Sunday after attending the festival. The captivating recital of the octogenarian singer while presenting the rages created magical moments for the August audience. Her high pitched melodious vocal recital while presenting a rape based song jhanana jhanana Baeeje Mor Payel will resonate on ears, said many listeners.

We deeply mourn for renowned painter Qayyum Chowdhury:

This festival was emotional because renowned artist Qayyum Chowdhury collapsed on stage after addressing the audience on the third day of the Bengal Classical Music Festival being held at Dhaka Army Stadium. The event was suspended for the first time right away while he was being taken to the hospital. The 82years old music man got the Ekushey Padak and Independence Award. Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman was also on stage at the time t address the program when Chowdhury fell unconscious and suffered a bad fall. Qayyum Chowdhury was work at the Liberation War Museum on March 26, 2008.

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