Ushering in the Bengali New Year
Pahela Baishakh (Bangla New Year-1422) was celebrated in with traditional festivities and gaiety at the Bangladesh High Commission on April 14. Eminent Dhaka-based Lalon exponent Farida Parveen enthralled the audience with her performance. Dignitaries of the Indian government, Ambassadors and Diplomats from various countries, cultural activists, Bangladeshi expatiates and students enjoyed the programmes at the Moitree Hall of the High Commission in the evening. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Magsaysay award winner Farida Parveen rendered her famous traditional bengali religious music, ‘Baul songs’, before the applause of the packed audience. Eai Padma, Eai Meghna, Eai Jumuna; Se Akhon Ghumta Pora Kajol Bodhu, O-He Doyaban, Barir Kache Aarshee Nagar among others were sung by her. Besides, Gazi Abdul Hakim rendered Bangla folks flute music. ASM Reza (dholak), Debendranath Chatterjee (tabla player, music director and rhythm composer) and Delwar Hossain (dotara) accompanied him on the stage. The celebration was rounded-off with a traditional Boisakhi.