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Bangla Sangeet Utshob ( Bengali Music Festival)
This was one of Saudha’s highly media-covered, unique, historic Bangla music festival in association with Whitechapel Idea Store and Bangla TV.The festival that showcased the evolution of Bangla Gaan from folk, Kirton, Nidhu Babu's Toppa, Poncho-Kobi (D L Roy, Tagore, Atul Prasad, Rajanikanto and Najrul) to Bangla Adhunik (Salil Chowdhury's gono-sangeet, Jotilessor, Manna dey, Sochin, Manobendro and all other doyens and legendary composers of Bangla Gaan). The leading singers of Bangla Gaan around the UK from West-Bengal and Bangladeshi origin exuded the treasure and the glorious journey of Bangla Gaan following an academic discussion prior to the concert. The singers who showcased different genres of Bangla Gaan wss ranged from prominent to emerging talents. Leading Indian Classical vocalist Chandra Chakraborty, the venerable Himangshu Goswami, popular semi-classical singer Sumana Basu, Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, talented Tagore-singer Sahana Herrett (Sahana Bajpayee) and Rishi Banerjee, versatile singer Gouri Chowdhury, Farzana Sifat, Zahid Kamal, Ripa Raquib, Sohini Alam, Rukhsana Safa, Shuman Sharif, Laboni Barua, Tarique Hossain, Anuradha Nandi, Mustafizur Rahman Khokon, Syeda Nasim Queen, Amal Podder, Amit Kumar Deb displayed the magic of Bangla Music while popular keyboard player Abu Emran Tonmoy, Pappu Das (Octopad), Himanish Goswami (Tabla) accompanied them all the way through.
In the discussion part of Sangeet Utshob,,Bangladesh High Commissioner to UK H.E Mohammed Mizrul Quayes, Ex-British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury (Director, FCO), Leading Indian classical vocalist Chandra Chakraborty, and versatile writer Leesa Gazi shared their journey into Bangla music and focused on the evolution of Bangla Gaan from its very origin. The whole discussion was presided over by founder and managing director of Bangla TV, Syed Samadul Haque.
Venue: On Mar 17, 2013 in Idea Store, White Chapel, Tower Hamlets