Local, Indian artistes pay tribute to Nazrul

Cultural Correspondent
Indian artistes

A chorus presents a song at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday. — Sony Ramany

Local and Indian performers paid tribute to the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam through music, poetry recitation and dance recital at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised the event marking Kazi Nazrul Islam’s 40th death anniversary.
It began with the artistes of Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad presenting in chorus Nazrul’s inspirational numbers Dao Dhoirja Dao Shoirja and Jago Amrita Piyasi, followed a chorus rendition of two more inspirational numbers – Joy Hok Joy Hok and Bhoi Nahi Bhoi – by the artistes of Nazrul Sangeet Sangstha.
Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts presented a dance recital synchronised with a collage of Nazrul songs.
Among notable singers who performed solo were Khairul Anam Shakil, Yasmin Mushtari, Sujit Mostafa and Priyanka Gope, who picked up well-known songs of Nazrul to entertain the audience.
Priyanka Gope presented the raga-based Se Chole Gechhe Bole, while Khairul Anam Shakil presented Piya Gechhe Kobe Pardesh.
Sujit Mostafa and Yasmin Mushtari presented Ami Chiro Tore and Hey Priyo Amare Dibona Bhulite, respectively. The songs were interspersed with poetry recitations presented by Mahidul Islam, Dalia Ahmed and others.
Nazrul’s famous poems Manush and Kaifiyat were respectively recited by Mahidul Islam and Dalia Ahmed.
The evening ended with a short but vibrant dance drama based on Nazrul’s poem Jago Musafir. Indian dance troupe Sristir Chokh staged the drama titled Musafir.
Earlier, a discussion session was held in which cultural affairs ministry secretary Begum Akhtari Mamtaj was present as chief guest. Professor Bishwajit Ghosh of the Bangla department of Dhaka University gave a talk on the life and work of Nazrul. ‘Kazi Nazrul Islam’s contributions to our literature are enormous and multifarious. Despite having a short creative career, he enriched almost all branches of Bangla literature,’ said Ghosh.

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