Opening Ceremony

 

 

A scintillating opening ceremony on the Bangamela2015 event theme –  “আলোর পথযাত্রী”“Let There be Light” based on a script that celebrates the much needed journey to light- within the self and outside in the broader world –  In a world where peace and violence are our cross roads, where nationality, race, religion and color divide and segregate our everyday world, we face a daily struggle of decisions.

Choreography and dance direction by Warda Rehab from Bangladesh.  Warda will be accompanied by her team from Bangladesh and Washington DC area local talents.

“Bangamela2015 curtains open sharp at 11 AM on the 25th and close at 8 PM on the 26th”.

 

Invited Artists

ADHUNIK

Subhamita Banerjee

One of the most revered Adhunik singers of contemporary times.

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Classical

Suchismita Das

‘If music be the food of love, Suchismita Das’ is drenched in love. To the uninitiated, Suchismita is one of the most sought-after names in Hindustani music today with biggies like A R Rehman and Thomas Newman, flocking her doors. This Bengali songstress, who has ingrained her name in the annals of Indian Classical music within a short span of time, is all set to conquer Bollywood with her pristine compositions. ‘  – The New Indian Express.

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Classical Sarod and Rabindra Sangeet

Padmabhushan Pandit Buddhadev DasGupta and local talents on vocals

Rare, indeed, is the genius and artistry of this man who has, for almost six decades, single handedly represented the pedagogical lineage of the great masters Murad Ali Khan, Abdullah Khan, Mohammad Ameer Khan and Radhika Mohan Maitra of the well known Sarod Gharana of Senia Shahjahanpur. It is for his incomparable sacrifices for music and the sarod, and for his soulful mastery of the instrument, that Buddhadev Das Gupta is recognized worldwide as one of the finest masters of the classical musical tradition of North India and have made him one of the best known cultural ambassadors of India .

 

 

Flute

Md. Moniruzzaman

M Moniruzzaman began his training under the guidance of his father, Ustad Abdur Rahman, a renowned flutist who played a key role in establishing the use of bansi in modern music. Apart from playing the flute, Moniruzzaman is also an expert player of several other wind instruments that include the bansi, silver flute, saxophone, supra-saxophone, recorder and the Chinese flute. He enjoys experimenting with fusion music and performs both on solo recitals and accompaniment for various classical or folk vocalists regularly. Moniruzzaman has also released three solo albums to date- Shomokal, Egaro and Destination.

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Laisa Ahmed Lisa

An enthralling Tagore exponent.

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Pancho Kabir Gaan

Debashish and Rohini Raychoudhuri

The father-daughter duo will present selected songs of the five stalwarts – Rabindranath Tagore, Dwijendralal Roy, Atul Prasad Sen, Rajanikanto Sen, and Kazi Nazrul Islam

 

Writer and Editor

Harsha Datta

Writer and Editor of the Esteemed Literary magazine – ‘Desh’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writer

Nabakumar Basu

UK based internationally acclaimed Bengali writer (and a medical doctor by profession) Dr. Nabakumar Basu who burst into the Bengali literature scene in 1977 with a short story in Desh, followed by the serialized novel “Parabaas”.

 

 

 

 

Adhunik Gaan

Saikat Mitra

Son of Shyamal Mitra is a singer and composer of modern, popular and Bengali film songs, including songs for Bengali movies Mishti Madhur, Bijoyee and Miss Mayetreyee.

 

Adhunik Gaan

Fahmida Nabi

Daughter of late singer, Mahmud Un Nabi, and the elder sister of singer Samina Chowdhury. Fahmida’s  solo career started in 1979 and has spanned over three decades. She sings primarily classical and modern Bengali songs. Besides that, she sings Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Sangeet.

Recipient of many awards including-

  • National Film Award as the Best Female Playback Singer in 2007
  • Channel i Performance Award in as the Best Singer 2008
  • Meril Prothom Alo Award as the Best Singerin 2009
  • Channel i-Citycell Awards as the Best Singer in 2013
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Semi-Classical/Nazrul Sangeet

Anup Barua

Anup Barua is one of the finest vocalists in Bangladesh today.  With his classical virtuosity and passion for music, he has developed a distinct style that reflects a unique blend of depth and resonance.  “His velvety voice effortlessly flows between highs and lows of the octave; creating a mahol (ambience) that is used to describe sub-continental music”.  Like his renditions of Nazrulgeeti, his folk, modern Bengali songs, gazals, and thumris are also highly appreciated by music lovers.

 

Nazrul Geeti

Priyanka Gope

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Talented classical/Nazrul Geeti singer; trained at Rabindra Bharati University. Currently a Dhaka University and Chhayanaut music teacher

Baul /Lalon Songs:

Shafi Mondol

One of the most revered Bauls of contemporary times.

Srijano Chhonde:

Aahang

A musical presentation by “Aahang’ from India depicting the creative genius of kazi Nazrul Islam.
Kazi Nazrul Islam ‘s oeuvre is vast and versatile but his genius has yet to be established fully in the psyche of the Bengalis. He has influenced the rebellious , emotional, passionate minds of Bengalis like no one before yet his creations are fast going into oblivion for lack of proper presentation to the young and the new global Bengalis.

In our effort to bring out the creative genius of the poet Aahang has curated  “Srijano Chande” an hour long  program where his versatile creations would be depicted through narration, songs, music and dance. Poetry and music share a history of complementing each other. “Srijano Chande” is an ensemble of this poetic relationship.

Aahang received lot of appreciation for their multimedia Ananya, Tagore’s Unparalleled Women, hosted by DHROOPAD  in 2012.

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Drama

Tagore’s “ Shyama”  a presentation of Dhriti Nartanalaya.

An special attraction for  Bangamela 2015 audience.   Choreography and direction – Warda Rihab.

Tagore’s “Shyama” is an epic composition. “Shyama” is essentially a romantic tragedy, though there are two love stories intertwined: That of Shyama and Bajra Sen, who at first are both in search of their initial partners. Then there is the unexpressed, unrequited love that Uttiyo has for Shyama which leads Uttiyo to sacrifice himself for her happiness. Both romantic situations are likely to be painfully familiar to many.

 

Drama:

“Breaking News-othelo comedy!!!”

A satirical drama written by Subrata Guha, directed by Biplab Bandyopahyay, acted by Biswajit Chakraborty, Aparajita Adhya, Ashim Raychowdhury and Biplob Bandyopadhyay.

 

 

Drama:

“Sa(n)kota Dulchhey” by Kaushik Sen (NC)

Actors – Rupa Maitra Ananya Sen, Nayana Dasgupta, Madhulavi Majumder, Indrajit Dasgupta, Nandini Dasgupta, Romit Dhar, Partha Dutta, Rajatabha Moitra, Jeffrey Kline

 

 

 

 

Shurer Dhara of New Jersey:

A group Tagore song presentation

Directed by Rezwana Choudhury Bannya.

 

Group Dance

Aarshinagar

Reflections from Lalan to Lenon.

Exploration of religious universality and tolerance through dances choreographed to world music and world poetry including Lalan, Rabindranath, Folk , Soofi, Khyaam and Beatles along with audiovisual presentation.

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