Indira Gandhi Culture Centre organised an Evening of ‘Bangla Kheyal’directed by eminent composer of Bangladesh, Mr. Azad Rahaman, at Main Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh, Dhaka at 6.30 PM on Friday, 21 April 2017.
The programme started with a chorus songs by 60 participants from Sangskriti Kendra and other teaching institutions. Thereafter,under the direction of Mr. Azad Rahaman, four eminent classical vocalists of Bangladesh presented Bangla Drupad, Dhamar, Kheyal, Thumri and Bangla Ghazal. The performing artists were Dr. Asit Roy, Professor, Department of Music, Rajshahi University, Dr.Podminee Dey Rupali, Chairman, Department of Music, Rajshahi University, Ms. Alif Laila, Assistant Professor, Jatiyo Kobi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Mymensingh and Mr. Bijon Mistri, Classical Music Teacher, Chayyanaut.
The Chorus Songs were raga vimpolasree – ‘Gayano Joty Jalao’ Raga ahir vhairab – ‘Ma ma bole dako’, Raga poto deep – ‘Sobar upore manus sotto’.
Dr. Asit Roy presented Dhamar; Raag- Emon ‘Apon Ronge Khelbo Holi’, Dhrupod- ‘Guru Bondona Kori Ekagro mone’, ‘Tarana’ Raag –Malkus. Ms. Alif Laila presented Raag: Bhinnosoroj, Kheyal – ‘Anubohbe Bujechi Bhalobasa’, Thumri; Raag; Pahari – ‘Sotobar eki Kotha Bolbo’. Mr. Bijon Mistri presented Raag; Bilombito –‘Ei Manob Jibon’, Kheyal- ‘Kisher o Lagiya Esechi Bubone’. Dr. Padmini Dey Rupali presented two Bangla Ghazal ‘Morte Hobe Eka, Eka bacha Jabena’, ‘Bhalobasa Badhe Basha Ontore’
Mr. Azad Rahman is the founder chairman of Sangskriti Kendra (Centre for Education, Creative and Performing Arts), established in 1990 in Dhaka, which has organized several international music festivals. Mr. Rahman is a famous Bangladeshi composer who has given music directions for over 350 films of Bangladesh and also West Bengal. He received National Film Award in 1993 for music direction and vocal music and again in 1997 for music direction. He has also received several other awards including Best Composer and Conductor of Orchestra Award, 1980; Radio Bangladesh Staff Artist Award 1982; Zahir Raihan Film Award 1975; Purbani Film Award 1975; Chitrali Film Award 1975 and Desh Film Award 1978 for Music Direction.
Mr. Azad Rahaman has held many high administrative posts including Director General, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy for two terms, Principal of Government Music College, Music Director in Radio Pakistan and thereafter Radio Bangladesh etc. He has also held high professional posts including Chairman, University Music Syllabus Committee; Judge, National Music Competition Committee since 1972 till date; Member, National Cultural Advisers Board etc.
Mr. Rahman is one of the pioneers of Bengali Kheyal and has written lyrics for many raagas. He produced the first Bangla Kheyal LP in the 1980s and has also composed and sung Bangla Qawwalis. He gave tune to the patriotic song of Bangladesh “Jonmo Amar Dhonno Holo Maago” sung by Feroza Begum and later by Sabina Yasmin. He also played Hindustani raagas on the piano and released as LP. He has traveled to many countries such as UK, USA, Japan, India, Germany, Russia, Italy etc.
The accompanists were Mr. Alamgir Parvez Sumon, Assistant Professor, Rajshahi University, on Pakoaj, Mr. Iftekhar Alam Dollar on Tabla, Mr.
Ratan Chandra Mazumder on harmonium, Mr. Bodruzzaman Tushar on Tanpura and Ms. Kaniz Fatema Jeba on Tanpura.
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