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Bengla Music Festival (বাংলা সঙ্গীত উৎসব)
This unique three-day festival, returning mainly to Tower Hamlets for the third time, showcases the evolution of Bangla Music and its spectacular latitude through mind blowing performances (with relevant translation wherever necessary) by leading musicians from West Bengal and Bangladeshi origin
This is a free event for all.
Singers include Chandra Chakraborty, Chiranjib Chakraborty, critically acclaimed guest classical singer from Kolkata Anol Chatterjee, prominent Tagore singers Imtiaz Ahmed, Sanjoy Dey, Sahana Bajpae, celebrated semi classical vocalists Sumana Mallik Basu, Gouri Chowdhury, Farzana Sifat, Sayan Gupta, Amith Dey and others.
Renowned keyboard player Kiran Thakrar, one of the emerging Tabla players from Kolkata Chiranjit Mukherjee and other highly revered musicians will be the accompanying artists to orchestrate a sublime flow of music all the way through.
Glimpse of three day festival:
Keats House, Hampstead, London: 25 September 2015 at 7pm
Bangla Music Festival: Tagore recital
Keats House will host the phenomenal climax of Bengali music through the songs of Nobel Laureate Bengali Romantic poet Rabindranath Tagore; the lyrics will be interpreted through the recitation of the verses of Keats that Tagore was hugely influenced by.
Kobi Nazrul Centre, Brick Lane, London, 26 September at 6.30pm
Bangla Music Festival: Interactive session between singers and audience
Kobi Nazrul Centre will host this highly interactive session of music and discussion by the local audience and artists, mainly on the future of Bangla Music in the West, The session will feature few talented children artists and group performance by Robika and Satyen Sen School of Arts.
Free ticket link:
Rich Mix, Bethnal Green London:27 September 2015 at 12.30noon
Bangla Music Festival: The evolution
Rich Mix will host the evolution of Bangla Music and its spectacular latitude through mind blowing performances with English translation (wherever necessary) by leading musicians from West Bengal and Bangladeshi origin.
The last day of the event will feature the colourful spectrum of Bangla Music from Chorja-Pod (730 AD), folk (RadhaRamon, Lalon, Hason Raja etc), Kirton, Toppa, Poncho-Kobi to Bengali contemporary modern songs (Salil, Akhilbandhu Jotilessor, Manna dey, Sochin, Manobendro, Shyamal, Hemanta and other doyens of Bangla Gaan).
The event will run as follows (approx):
12.00 (Noon): Door opens
12:30: Slides and videos of Saudha's musical journey
13.00 Brief Talks
14:00 Continuous performances showcasing the evolution of exotic Bangla Music from 730AD
18:30 Ending speech
Free Ticket link:
Asian Echo on festival 2015:
Bangla Mirror on festival 2015:
Venue: From Sep 25, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015 in Keats House, Kobi Nazrul Centre & Rich Mix, London