Folk Fest ends making melody in heart
Published: 12:36 PM, 17 November 2019 Updated: 12:47 PM, 17 November 2019
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Floating all with earthy tunes, the fifth Dhaka International Folk Fest (DIFF) 2019 concluded on Saturday night. Thousands of music lovers enjoyed the soothing tune of local and international folk singers in the three-day festival.
The biggest folk music concert of the year drew the highest number of visitors on the final day at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital.
The wrapping up day of the festival featured mesmerising performances by local folk singers Chandana Majumder and Malek Dewan along with Russian Folk Band Sattuma and Pakistani Sufi music band Junnon.
Malek Kawal, who has been practising Qawwali songs for more than four decades, and his troupe began the evening with Maizbhandari and Qawwali genres. He sang - one by one - popular songs - 'Yeh Rehmani Mawla Maizbhandari', 'Amar Baba Mawlana', 'Dub Diyachi Vober Majhe Boro Baba Mawlana', 'Baba Mawlana Mawlana Mawlana'. He concluded his 45-minutes performance singing 'Khwaja Mehu Tomari Bikhari Meri'.
After Malek Kawal, Russian Karelian- Finnish folk band Sattuma took over the stage to amuse the audience. They entertained the audience rendering a number of Russian and Spanish songs. The performance of Sattuma, the Finnish word means “hitting the mark”, concluded with the symphonic recital, blending traditional and modern tunes.
Renowned folk singer Chandana Majumdar took over the stage at 9:30 pm when the audience at the Army Stadium floating in the tune. She started with Lalon Shah compositions like "Chatok Voktite Bholaben Sai", “Dhonno Dhonno Boli Tarey”, “Manush Chhara Khyapa”, “Shirni Khawar Lobh Jaar Achhe”, "Tumi Jano nare Priyo" and “Koi Holo Mor Machh Dhora”.
At the festival, the renowned singer captivated the audience with the popular song "Sonaro Palonker Ghore".
The Folk Festival was wrapped up with the performance of Junoon, the pioneering Sufi rock band from Pakistan. Junoon, founded in 1990, is popular not only in Pakistan but also in the subcontinent.
The band came on the stage at around 10:30 pm and enthralled the thousand-strong audience at the venue with their evergreen tracks, including “Sayonee”, “Bulleya” and “Jazba-E-Junoon”.
Junoon, developed a nationwide fan following, by blending rock guitars and bluesy vocals with Eastern elements like the use of tabla, raga-inspired melodies, traditional Pakistani folk music and Eastern-inspired poetry.
The fifth Dhaka International Folk Festival commenced on Thursday. Some 200 artistes from five countries - Mali, Georgia, India, Pakistan and Russia - delivered their performances throughout the three-day-long event.
On the opening day, local folk singer Shah Alam Sarkar, Indian singer Daler Mehendi and Georgian folk music band Cheveneburebi performed at the festival. On the second day of the festival, local folk singers Shafiqul Islam, Kamruzzaman Rabbi and Fakir Shahabuddin, Malian band Habib Koite & Bamada and Pakistani singer Hina Nasrullah entertained the audience.
Arranged by Sun Foundation, the co-hosts of DIFF 2019 include Meril, Dhaka Bank Limited and Radhuni.