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Evening of Lalon songs at IGCC today
Farida Parveen to perform at the event
DL DESK, Dhaka

Evening of Lalon songs at IGCC today

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), High Commission of India, Dhaka is going to organise an evening of Lalon songs by eminent Bangladeshi singer Farida Parveen today at its Dhanmondi premises in the capital.

Lalon Fakir is an icon of religious tolerance and secularism whose songs inspired and influenced many poets and social and religious thinkers including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, and Allen Ginsberg. Lalon Fakir is remembered for eternity for his rejection of all distinctions of mankind based on caste and creed. Ms. Farida Parveen is one of the most popular vocal musicians and a leading exponent of Lalon songs in Bangladesh. Her melodious rendering has contributed significantly towards making Lalon Geeti attractive and popular amongst listeners both in Bangladesh and abroad.

Parveen’s musical rendering combines artistic talent and graceful presentation. Born on December 31, 1954 in Natore, Farida Parveen initially trained as a Nazrul singer and was enlisted as a Nazrul singer with Rajshahi Betar in 1968. Moksed Ali Shah, a Lalon devotee who spent 60 years at Lalon’s aakhra, guided her into Lalon songs. Parveen has since emphasized upon the classical aspect of Lalon songs to give it a more polished form.

Farida Parveen has formed a trust for the preservation of Lalon songs funded by the Japanese government to preserve the authentic tunes and lyrics of Lalon songs. She has also rendered Lalon songs almost throughout the world such as in India, Pakistan, Japan, UK, USA, France, Russia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Qatar, Morocco, Turkey etc. She is also the proud recipient of several awards, including the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize for Best Music in 2008 from the Government of Japan; Ekushey Padak in1987; and the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1993. Ms. Parveen is also the Founder of ‘Ochin Pakhi School’ which is dedicated to promotion of appropriate teaching of Lalon Sangeet to children.

Where: IGCC, House 24, Road 2, Dhanmondi

When: 6:30pm, today l