The 37th edition of the National Rabindra Sangeet Summit in Nilphamari came to a close on Sunday after three days of celebrating the musical creations of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore.
The concluding ceremony began at 7pm on Sunday in the premises of Nilphamari Government High School, where Prof Bishwajit Ghosh, vice-chancellor of Rabindra University, spoke as the chief guest.
Other speakers of the event included National Rabindra Sangeet Summit Council General Secretary Bulbul Islam and the council's Nilphamari unit President Ahsan Rahim Manjil.
Dr Sanjita Khatun, president of National Rabindra Sangeet Summit Council, presided over the event.
Veteran classical singer Manjusree Roy from Rajshahi and folk artiste Upendranath Roy from Rangpur were accorded special honour at the concluding ceremony.
Prof Bishwajit Ghosh also presented them with Rabindra Padak (Rabindra Medal).
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Addressing the ceremony, Ahsan Rahim Manjil said: “Culture does not only mean getting people together; it also means evolving beyond one's self.”
The guests also observed a minute of silence to pay respect to 94 local and international cultural activists who passed away in the last one year.
Earlier in the morning, the organizers and participants paid tribute at the local Shaheed Minar, which was followed by a recitation program and a music event.
Thousands of Rabindra Sangeet singers all across the country took part in the three-day event, as well as around 500 children singers from around Nilphamari district, to mesmerize around 40,000-strong audience with their performances.
The National Rabindra Sangeet Summit Council organized the event with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bengal Group Ltd and Brac Bank Ltd, in association with Nilphamari district administration and police.