The Bengal Classical Music Festival scheduled for this year has been cancelled, due to the unavailability of its venue, Army Stadium.
The announcement was made by Bengal Foundation in a press conference at the capital’s Hotel Westin on Sunday.
The press release stated that the Army Sports Control Board (ASCB) had denied allotment of the Army Stadium from November 20-28 (with the event going on from November 23-27) to Bengal Foundation on August 31. They cited the arrival of the Pope to Bangladesh at the time as the reason for denying allocation.
When it was learned that the Pope would arrive on November 30 and his main event would not be held at the Army Stadium, Bengal Foundation reapplied for the venue on September 9. However, no progress was made in that regard.
The organizers took the decision to cancel this year’s festival due to the stature of the festival and the extensive preparation required.
This year, the lineup of illustrious artistes that were confirmed to perform at the festival includes Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Asia’s first Grammy winner Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram, a Western Classical Symphonic Orchestra (to perform with Pt. L Subramaniam), along with festival regulars Pt. Ajoy Chakravarty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and Kaushiki Chakravarty.