The 6th Annual Classical Music Conference of Lakshyapar was held on January 14-15 in Narayanganj. Asit Kumar, coordinator of the event, concluded the programme with his speech describing the city dwellers love for classical music.
The programme took place at Narayanganj High School and College compound in presence of around 1, 500 students. The conference was opened by chief advisor of Lakshyapar, Kashem Jamal, and was dedicated to Pandit Ramkanai Das.
The first day, titled “Baahiraanaa”, was based on a folksy theme. The programme included traditional Lathi Khela performed by a Kishorganj- based group, popular rural sports Dariyabanda and Ha-du-du with participation of students from the school. Later, a Dhaak playing competition was held featuring 10 dhaakis from Bikrampur, Faridpur and Madaripur districts.
The venue of the second day shifted to Narayanganj Club Convention Centre. The programme was chalked out to celebrate the sub continental heritage of classical music. The programme, dedicated to Ustad Allauddin Khan, began with a classical vocal competition among the students of Lakshyapar Parampara, a free school of classical music. Twenty students, divided into two groups, vied for six spots offered by Haradhan-Sukhen Scholarship Scheme. The next event was Lakshyapar Lifetime Achievement Award that was awarded to Maharman Ali Khan, a veteran trumpet player discovered by Lakshyapar from a remote village under Muradnagar of Comilla. While the crest was handed over by the District Commissioner Anisur Rahman Mian, a cash prize of Taka 20,000 was handed out by Abdul Hai, administrator of Narayanganj Zilla Parishad.
The all night session of vocal and instrumental music performed by eight artistes from Bangladesh and India began with Alamgir Parvez from Rajshahi. The other artistes included Tapas Datta (raag Behag) from Chittagong, Supriya Das (raag Bairagi) and Sharmila Majumder (raag Jayjayanti) from Sylhet. Dolan Kanungo's recital of raag Yaman on Mohan Veena was special with an apt tabla accompaniment from Mir Naqibul Islam. Then there were Md. Maniruzzaman, sitar player Supratik Sengupta. In tabla accompaniment Sabuj Ahmed surpassed himself. Kasturi Bandopadhyay's kheyal on raag Bilaskhani Todi was soothing.
Sweater garments factory FB Fashion continued to be the leading patron of all Lakshyapar ventures with Knit Concern. Substantial support also came from the district administration of Narayanganj.