Dhamail songs presented at Shilpakala

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Music lovers in Dhaka were entertained by Dhamail songs at a music show that was held at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday evening.

Dhamail song is a form of folk music and dance which originated in the greater Sylhet region. It is a ritualistic performance which combines songs and dances and is performed in auspicious occasions.

The songs were popularised by Radharaman Dutta, who was born in 1833 in Keshabpur village in Jagannathpur Upazila, Sunamganj district. He wrote and composed over 2,000 songs.

A total of 25 artistes performed at the show. Traditionally women move in circle, clapping their hands to the beat of the music, to render dhamail songs which mostly relate the love story of Krishna and Radha, while male members sing and play musical instruments.

BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky was present as the chief guest at the programme, which was held on the concluding day of a three-day dhamail song workshop organised by the academy.

The three-day workshop, held from July 12-14, was conducted by dhamail artiste Debdas Chowdhury Ranjan, dancer Tulika Ghosh Chowdhury and instrumentalist Amit Barman.

‘Our culture is rich and diverse. We are blessed to have various forms of folk songs, which we are determined to preserve. We organised the workshop and music show to promote dhamail songs among music lovers and younger generation. We will organise more similar shows in future,’ said Lucky.

Artistes presented seven dhamail songs at the show, which commenced with group rendition of the song Tomra ason sajao go. Following which, artistes presented songs like Aamar bondhu doyamoy, Tomare dekhbar mone loy, Ami ki herilam joler ghate giya sokhi and others.

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