A two-day music festival of the Music Department of Dhaka University (DU) begins on Tuesday with the theme ‘Bangla Gaan’ (Bangla Songs), aiming to keep cultural activities alive and thriving in the country.
Organisers said the ‘Music Festival 2019’ will be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the department that started its journey in 1994.
On the opening day, a colourful procession will be brought out at 10am from Arts Faculty building. Teachers of the department, its present and former students, and staff will join the procession.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof M Akhtaruzzaman will inaugurate the festival at 11am at the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) while Professor Emeritus Dr Rafiqul Islam and DU Pro-VC Dr Nasreen Ahmad, among others, will be present as special guests.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim will be present as the chief guest at the evening session at 5:30pm.
Commemorating Bangla songs and its creators of the period from ‘Shakta Padabali’ to present, prominent artistes from Bangladesh and India as well as teachers and students of the department will perform during the two-day festival.
Celebrated Indian singer Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay will be present at the first day’s cultural programme.
Over 250 students of the department will present improvised chorus songs on the first and second days of the festival.