Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017_Day 1
Bengal Foundation is proud to present the sixth edition of the Bengal Classical Music Festival, commencing on 26 December, 2017 at Abahani Grounds in Dhanmondi. This year’s event was dedicated to Dr Anisuzzaman.
The practice of music in the ancient Indian subcontinent originated from a diverse lineage, deeply rooted in spiritual and ethnic traditions. The ancient forms were passed down from generations and have been upheld by scores of important musicians throughout history – musicians who were patronised by kings, feudal lords, and spiritual leaders, forming the backbone of eastern classical music.
Bengal Foundation introduced the Classical Music Festival back in 2012. It all began with an idea: Abul Khair, the Chair of Bengal Foundation, wondered whether something as complex as classical music could reach the hearts of the average audience through the right presentation. He envisioned an event where
classical music would be presented in a large-scale festive ambiance open for all, dispelling its elitist image.
We launched the festival with the conviction that an annual classical music event would revive our heritage and enrich popular taste in music. Exposure to the unfathomable depth of classical music is a humbling, yet enriching experience. Immersion into its acute sensibility awakens our spirit, fostering humane values and compassion. It is with the solemn pledge to embrace our humanity that we have embarked on our journey to bring you the sixth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival this year.
Our experience from the last five years has led us to believe that popular taste in classical music has been rising; our audience has not only stood out in numbers, but their capacity to appreciate and concentrate in the subtleties of classical music has also broadened. This year we featured some of the most
iconic musicians from India, including the likes of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Ustad Rashid Khan, amongst numerous others. Bangladeshi recital includes performances by distinguished artists as well as students of the Government Music College and Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay.
For the first time in Bangladesh, Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 also featured a performance by Astana Philharmonic Orchestra from Kazakhstan, collaborating with Dr. L Subramaniam on stage.
The event was held from 26 December until 30 December, 2017,
Website: http://www.bengalfoundation.org , http://www.bengalclassicalmusicfest.com