Young singers showing interest in authentic Lalon tunes

Cultural Correspondent

Despite the modern-day practice of fusion in Lalon songs and lack of opportunity to learn the authentic style passed down from generation to generation, young Lalon devotees are increasingly taking an interest in the authentic rendition of his songs.
The second day of a two-day Lalon festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, organised by Lalon Research Foundation, was witness to that interest as a number of young performers presented Lalon songs in the time-honoured fashion.
Among those who performed on Wednesday were the members of Achin Pakhi Sangeet Academy, headed by eminent Lalon singer Farida Parveen, and several invited singers.
‘On the last day of the festival, we noticed the growing interest of young singers in authentic rendition of Lalon songs. They have great potential, too,’ said Lalon Research Foundation president Abu Ishak Hossain.
Although many urban singers today prefer fusion to authenticity when it comes to traditional songs including that of Fakir Lalon Shah, a growing number of singers are rooting for the authentic style, he added.
One of these singers, Arnob from Chittagong, earned praise for his full-throated, emotion-laden rendition of Ami Guru Karja Mathay Rekhe.
Arnob is proud to be rooted in the authentic tradition. ‘I have been singing Lalon songs for several years and I love the authentic style. I think I am not a fusion guy,’ he said, adding that he hopes to get further training from Lalon maestros.
Another young singer, Sumaiya Parveen, also delivered a convincing performance as she presented the popular numbers Teen Pagole Holo Mela and Guru Amare Ki in the authentic style.
Besides the young singers, senior artistes like Selina Akhter Chumki and Arif Baul kept the audience on their toes as they presented one song after another including Khanchar Bhitor and Murshid Janay Jarey.
Earlier, the day’s programme began with a chorus rendition of the popular Lalon number Dhanya Dhanya Boli Tarey by the artistes of Achin Pakhi.
There was also a discussion session on Lalon songs attended by the singers Farida Parveen and Moslem Uddin Fakir, poet Asad Chowdhury and professor Anisuzzman of Dhaka University.

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