Priyanka Gope performs at BSA

Cultural Correspondent
Priyanka Gope

Priyanka Gope renders a song at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday. — Sony Ramany

Noted classical singer Priyanka Gope presented raga-based songs and thumris at a programme at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.
The programme, organised by the audio production company G Series, also saw the launch of Priyanka’s first solo album featuring thumris. G series released the album titled ‘Thumri Volume-1.’
Among others, Dhaka University vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, eminent singer Khairul Anam Shakil, the academy’s director of the music and dance department Sohrab Uddin, and G Series owner Nazmul Haque Bhuiyan were present on the occasion.
The length of the event was cut short because of the death of poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq, who passed away earlier in the day at Dhaka’s United Hospital after losing his battle with lung cancer.
Before the closure, however, Priyanka Gope presented a number of songs beginning with a thumri from her new album, Mohe Maat Maaro Shyam, presented in raga Bhupali. Her melodious voice touched the hearts of the audience.
She also presented Lagari Baan in Kirbamni raga.
She also rendered several raga-based Bengali songs including Deke Nah Hole in raga Pilu, Nayone Nayone in Khambaj raga, and others.
‘Thumri is a raga-based, light romantic form of the Hindustani classical music,’ said Priyanka Gope, explaining her interest in the genre. ‘I have been learning music since my childhood and it has been my dream to publish a thumri album because this kind of album is rare in Bangladesh.’
Thumri Volume-1 is Priyanka Gope’s third album. Her previous albums are Raga Delight and Sure Sure Dekha.

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