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Chhayanaut’s tribute to the rebel poet

Update : 25 May 2014, 07:11 PM

Teachers and students of Chhayanaut performed a number of Nazrul’s timeless compositions observing the National Poet’s 115th birth anniversary on Saturday at 6:30pm in the auditorium of Chhayanaut Sangskritik Bhaban.

Chhayanaut’s tribute to the rebel poet was a two-day commemorative programme titled “Nazrul Utsob-1421” which concluded yesterday. Highlighting the poet’s inspirational work, the leading artistes celebrated the revolutionary spirit of Nazrul to overcome the demeaning social and political norms. The event featured discussions, musical performances, dance recitals and recitation. A total of 60 artistes took part in the festival.

“Nazrul Utsab 1421” opened with a choral rendition “Hey Partho Sharothi Bajao Bajao Ponchojonyo Shonkho” by the students and teachers of the organisation. Chhayanaut dance department presented a vibrant dance performance synchronised with the patriotic song of Nazrul “E Ki Oporup Rupe Maa Tomar.” 

Noted singer and secretary general of Chhayanaut, Khairul Anam Shakil gave a speech on the legacy of the literary titan and the impact of his work on our daily life while Vice-president of the organisation Dr Sarwar Ali expressed his gratitude towards the littérateur. Professor Seraj Salekin delivered a speech on the poet’s inspirational work and his secularist and revolutionary spirit on the opening day.

The soulful presentation of Nazrul’s songs performed by promising and prominent singers mesmerised a houseful audience. Students of Chhayanaut rendered “Nobin Asha Jaglo Je Re Aaj”and “Chondromollica Chondromollica” in chorus after the discussion. An array of solo performances also enriched the programme.

Nazrul exponent Khairul Anam Shakil rendered a solo titled “Pashane Bhangale Ghum.” Anindita Chowdhury presented “More Deke Low Sei Deshe,” Roksana Hossain Munni performed “Prothom Prodip Jalo,” Didaru Karim presented “Pordeshi Bodhua”and Layeka Bashir rendered a romantic piece “Ekhono Otheni Chand” among others. The rainy day was further amplified by romantic solos of the legendary poet and Mahidul Islam recited one of Nazrul’s famous poems.

The lively performance of other choral numbers including “Ei Amader Bangladesh,” and “Mora Jhonjhar Moto Uddam” by Nazrul Institute artistes captured the hearts of the audience.

The programme featured performances of prominent singers like Shahin Samad, Ferdous Ara, Yeakub Ali Khan, Kalpana Anam, Lina Tapashi Khan, Mahmudul Hasan, Shukla Pal Setu, Rezwanul Haque, Nahian Durdana Suchi and many others.  A soulful rendition of the number “Rum Jhum Jhum Nupur” was worthy of the audience’s admiration which matched the perfect ambiance of the rainy day. The two-day festival wrapped up with the choral rendition of the National Anthem. 

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