The first international folk music festival titled ‘Dhaka Folk Fest 2015’ is set to take place from November 12 to 14 at the Army Stadium in the capital. Jointly organised by Sun Events and Maasranga Television, the festival aims at introducing the thousand-year-old folk music of the country to the world.
The announcement centring the festival came through a press conference held on Wednesday at the city’s hotel Amari. Managing Director of Maasranga Television and Sun Events Anjan Chowdhury, Professor Anisuzzaman, Ambassador of Egypt to Bangladesh Mahmoud Ezzat, noted folk singer Farida Parveen, editor of The Daily Samakal Golam Sarwar, Founder of Arts Interactions Alan Tweedie, and business advisor of Sun Events Tootli Rahman attended the press conference.
The three-day festival will feature a number of local musicians like Farida Parveen, Momtaz Begum, Bari Siddiqui, Rab Fakir, Kiron Chandra Ray, Chandona Majumdar, Shafi Mondol, Nashid Kamal, Sadananda Sarkar, Nishikanto Sarkar, Kajol Dewan, Minu Billah, Lubna Marium, Labik Kamal Gaurob and Magic Bauliana, among others. On the other hand, international musicians like renowned Pakistani singer Abida Parveen and Saieen Zahoor are expected to perform at the event, along with Indian musicians and bands: Papon, Indian Ocean, Nooran Sisters, Rajasthan Folk Group, Arko Mukherjee, Paban Das Baul, Parvathy Baul. Also, there will be Niamh Ní Charra from Ireland, Yunnan Art Troupe from China, and Alexandria Dance Troupe from Egypt to perform at the festival. The festival is open to all every day from 6pm to 1am from November 12 to 14. To get entry passes, the audience needs to register online at www.dhakafolkfest.com.
To know more about the festival and get updates, keep your eyes on the event’s Facebook page, Dhaka Folk Fest.l