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Dhaka, Saturday   07 December 2019

Sixth Bengal classical music fest opens

 Staff Correspondent Daily-Bangladesh

 Published: 03:59 PM, 26 December 2017   Updated: 09:25 PM, 3 January 2018

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The sixth edition of the Bengal Classical Music Festival, the biggest classical music festival in the world, will be beginning from Tuesday evening at the Abahani grounds in the capital`s Dhanmondi.

This is the first time the festival is being held at a new venue. The last five editions, the festival were held at the Army Stadium. This year`s festival is dedicated to eminent litterateur Professor Emeritus Dr. Anisuzzaman.

Like in previous years, the programme will begin at 7pm everyday and continue till dawn, as usual and feature the most prominent Eastern classical musicians in the world.

At the opening ceremony, Finance Minister AMA Muhith will inaugurate the festival. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor will be present as a special guest. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harshvardhan Shringla, Barrister Fazle Nur Taposh, Abahani Limited Chairman Salman F Rahman and Square Group Chairman Anjan Chowdhury will also be present.

The festival will open with a joint performance by Dr. L Subramaniam`s Carnatic (South Indian classical) violin with the Astana Philharmonic Orchestra`s western classical music.

The five night-long bonanza will see legends of Indian classical music perform, including Pandit Jasraj, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr. L Subramaniam, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan and Vidyan Vikku Vinayakram, among many others performing a wide array of music and dance. Bangladeshi artistes including Firoz Khan, Gazi Abdul Hakim, students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay and Government Music College will also perform on the same stage.