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Its official – Bengal Classical Music Festival from Nov 24-28
Music lovers can brace themselves for five sleepless nights as the fifth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival is slated to begin from November 24 till the 28th at Dhaka Army Stadium.
This year the festival will be dedicated to eminent litterateur Syed Shamsul Haq.
“Due to various unfavourable circumstances, there were concerns over organising the festival, but the government, in an inter-ministerial meeting last month cited the cultural impact and prestige of the international-level festival, and pledged all necessary assistance. Their support as well as people's interest has motivated us to hold this year's Bengal Classical Music Festival,” said Luva Nahid Choudhury, Director General of Bengal Foundation, who anchored the press conference.
She also gave out the outline of the festival, including the major visiting artistes and Bangladeshi artistes, and Bengal Foundation's past, present and future activities surrounding the development of classical music.
Eminent educationist Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman, noted dancer Sharmila Banerjee, classical vocalist Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, flute legend Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma spoke in a montage of video messages for the festival.
Young artistes of the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, who will have three group presentations at this year's festival, then played a classical piece on sitar at the stage.