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Dhaka International Folk Fest 2016

Update : 09 Nov 2016, 07:02 PM
Folk music is the preserve and conveyance of cultural heritage. It's more than music, an ideology. The diverse forms of local folk music including Bhatiali, Bhawaiya, Jari, Sari or Baul songs immensely appease people's body and mind. The songs, which are entrenched to the root of Bengal for thousands of years, still prompting spirits of listeners. Nowadays, listeners in the US, UK, France and Japan are becoming more inclined to their local folk-music because of its humanism and facile ideology for life. The powerful force of folk music ushers our culture in around the world. In 2005, UNESCO listed baul music as an intangible heritage. Part of the younger generation pay little heed to folk music and the situation brewed only because of the lack of precise planning, practice and endorsement. In the last decade, few young and seasoned artists in Bangladesh took initiative to popularise folk music. This year, like the previous one, Sun Events and Maasranga Television jointly arranged Dhaka International Folk Fest 2016 for the second time to convey the spirit of folk music. Where and whenDhaka International Folk Fest 2016 will take place from November 10 to 12, at the Army Stadium in the capital. The festival will be held every day from 6pm to 12am. PerformancesThis year, folk musicians from seven countries including India, Turkey, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada and the host country will be participating in the fest. Here are the featured artists of this year's festival:Momtaz BegumA Bangladeshi singer and producer of folk music, Begum is known by many as ‘The Music Queen’ and popular for her unconventional lyrics. During her international career, which has spanned two decades, she has recorded around 700 albums. The distinguished folk artist first learned music from her father, Modhu Boyati, then from Matal Razzak Dewan and followed by Abddur Rashid Sorkar. The kind of music she performed, such as Marfati, Boithoki, and Murshidi can roughly be categorised in the mystic songs genre. Bari Siddiqui A Bangladeshi singer-songwriter, flutist and folk musician, Siddiqui got his lesson on folk and classical music from Gopal Dutta and Ustad Aminur Rahman. At one stage, Bari Siddiqui went to Pune and got professional tutelage under Pandit VG Karnad. For many years to come, being in an environment surrounded by musical maestros, he kept his search for his own true self and to achieve newer heights of infinite journey of music.Islam Uddin KissakarA Pala artist and an actor, Kissakar is known by many rural places to urban locations. Though his career started with acting, he likes to introduce himself as a Pala artist who possessed a distinct style of performing Pala songs on stage. This phenomenal artist from Kishorganj has made himself an exemplar of Gaayen Dohar style of acting.Abdur Rahman BaulA disciple to renowned baul singer Shah Abdul Karim, Abdur Rahman Baul is seeking the meaning of life with the help of metaphysics. Rahman is a singer, lyricist and composer whose primary inspiration is nature.Baul Shafi MondolHailed from Daulatpur, Kushtia, Shafi Mondol is the first Bangladeshi baul singer who participated in MTV India's popular folk-fusion show Coke Studio. A leading Lalon song practitioner, Mondol presents the philosophy of Lalon through his songs and words to the audience. Sunil KarmakarA follower of Jalal Uddin Khan, Karmakar was born in Netrokona in 1959. Though the artist is visually impaired, his prowess as a performer of Jalal Uddin Khan songs made him nonpareil.Fakir Tuntun ShahA Lolon devotee, Tuntun Shah born in Kushtia in 1948, he has been promulgating the songs of Lalon for decades. Tuntun Shah composed some baul songs as well over the years. Latif SarkarHailed from Sirajdeekhan of Munsiganj, Latif Sarkar is like a superstar of Pala gaan.Kailash KherKailash Kher possessed a music style influenced by Indian folk and Sufi music. Though his professional prowess encompasses most of the Indian languages, his contribution to Indian music lies way beyond that. He is a prime candidate amongst the contemporary Sufi singers. He was inspired by the classical musicians, Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and the Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nooran Sisters The Nooran Sisters, Jyoti and Sultana, belong to Jalandhar, Punjab and are very rooted in their linguistic and musical traditions. Their grandmother Bibi Nooran was a well-known singer of her time, and the Nooran Sisters now follow in her footsteps. They follow the Sham chaurasi Gharana and Mirasi traditions of music. Javed BashirHailing from Jalandhar, Punjab, Bashir has been singing since childhood but the professional training of Qawwali began from 1992 by his father Ustad Bashir Ahmad Khan. Bashir was featured on Sampooran, Mekaal Hasan Band's album, which landed Bashir mainstream success and appreciation.Paban Das BaulA noted Bengali baul singer and musician, Paban Das plays a dubki, a small tambourine and sometimes an ektara as an accompaniment. He is known for pioneering traditional Baul music on the international music scene and for establishing a genre of folk-fusion music.Susheela Raman and Sam MillsAn acclaimed British Indian musician, Raman is known for energetic, vibrant, syncretic and uplifting live performances built on the sacred Bhakti and Sufi traditions of India and Pakistan. She has been collaborating with Sam Mills, a London-born guitarist who had performed with experimental, avant garde musical group 23 Skidoo. Karen Lugo and Ricardo MoroThe Flamenco dancers duo hailed from Spain who perform Flamenco music and dance, which is considered an art form, invented by gypsies in the southern part of the country. Indian OceanAn Indian rock band formed in New Delhi in 1990, who are widely recognised as the pioneers of the fusion rock genre. The musical style of the band can be at best classified as jazz-fusion and fusion music.
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