Curtain rises on the third edition of of the Dhaka International Folk Festival at Dhaka Army Stadium in the capital last night.
The line-up of the first night included Bauliana, Fakir Shahabuddin, Brazil’s Maricio Tizumba and Sexlet, Tenzin Choegyal and India’s Papon.
Audience were swept off their feet when Bauliana group performed two songs of Lalon Shah and Hason Raja. Notably, they found stardom from the musical talent show Magic Bauliana.
Following this, folk singer Fakir Shahabuddin took the stage and his renditions of Maizbhandari and Shah Abdul Karim songs swayed everyone.
This was followed by the power-packed performance of eminent Brazilian composer-singer Mauricio Tizumba and his sextet (six-piece band). His Afro-Brazilian tunes completely energized the audience. His sexlet added to the exotic-ness of the whole performance, each creating different sounds backing the foreign music. Mauricio Tizumba hails from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, and has a career spanning four decades in which he has established himself as a singer, instrumentalist, composer, actor and cultural entrepreneur. He is highly regarded in Latin America for his relevance for Afro-Brazilian art and founding of important artistic movements of the cultural scene of the Southeastern Brazilian state of Minas.
The final act of the night was brought by Indian phenomena Papon, who jazzed up the first day of this musical extravaganza. The midnight musical stage saw few fine music performances, credits to Papon. The eminent singer performed Bengali songs, as well as from other Indian regions such as Rajasthan and Punjab, and even a Nepalese song. From ‘Dine dine’ to ‘O Megh’ and ‘Tere Bin Nai Lagda’, Papon rocked the audience on the cool November night.
This year a total of 140 folk musicians will perform from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, Brazil, Mali, France and Japan apart from Bangladesh.
Dhaka International Folk Fest is a platform for the legends, the icons and the rising stars of the folk community to share soul-wrenching melodies of a country and a culture for the world to hear.
Bangladesh’s folk music boasts a rich heritage and bonding with the roots of the culture that is still practically unheard of by the global audience. The Dhaka International Folk Festival claims to provide the international platform where the entire planet can enjoy the culture’s true form embodied in its folk music along with the different folk musicians all over the world.
The event, organised by Sun Events and presented by Meril and powered by Dhaka Bank, raised its curtain on November 9th and will continue till 11th.
The line-up of today will feature Bangladeshi Baula, Arif Dewan, Shahjahan Munshi as well as Kutumba from Nepal , Mekaal Hasan Band from Pakistan and Indian Nooran Sisters.