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Dhaka sways to folk music from around the world

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The third edition of the Dhaka International Folk Festival opened in the capital last night to a jam-packed audience at Army Stadium. They were treated to entertaining performances by musicians from different parts of the world along with local artistes.

The biggest applause was reserved for the night’s final performer Papon, the celebrated Indian singer hailing from Assam. With his deep baritone, the singer sang songs from his native land, as well as from other Indian regions such as Rajasthan, Punjab and even a Nepalese song. An energetic crowd sang along to his hits like “Dinae Dinae” ,“Tere Bin Nai Lagda” and “O Megh”.

Bauliana, a group of artistes emerging from the musical talent show Magic Bauliana opened the festival. They performed two popular folk songs of Lalon Shah and Hason Raja. They were followed by reputed Bangladeshi folk singer Fakir Shahabuddin, whose authentic version of folk songs from various regions, including Maizbhandari songs and songs of Shah Abdul Karim got the audience on their feet.

The opening ceremony followed where Finance Chairman of Sun Communications and Square Group Anjan Chowdhury, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon, Dhaka Bank Managing Director and CEO Syed Mahbubur Rahman and eminent singer-researcher Indramohan Rajbangshi joined chief guest Finance Minister AMA Muhith on stage.

The Dhaka International Folk Festival which is presented by Meril, powered by Dhaka Bank and organised by Sun Communications and will continue today and tomorrow. It will be featuring an array of performers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, Mali and the amazing Nooran sisters from India.

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