Spectators were enthralled by folk music throughout the night
Haor district Netrakona is a fertile land of folk music. The folk poets and artists of this district are famous beyond the country and abroad. One of the folk artists here is the late Abdul Majid Talukdar of Itauta village of Dalpa union of Kendua upazila.
A meeting of folk artists from two Bengals (India and Bangladesh) was held in Itauta village, the tomb of this talented artist. Abdul Majeed Talukder Art Group and Abdul Majeed Talukder Memorial Library organized this meet-and-greet from last Saturday evening.
Master Vikas Biswas, Dhiraj Kshapa and Pagal Bimal participated in the program at the beginning of the event. Among the folk artists of Bangladesh, Umed Ali Fakir of Netrakona, Baul Mukul Sarkar, Baul Habil Sarkar, Baul Fakir Chan, Baul Rashid and many others participated. Folk literature researcher Golam Mostafa of Netrakona was given a memento and West Bengal folk music artists Master Vikas Biswas, Dhiraj Kshyapa and Pagal Bimal were given special honours.
Upazila Parishad Chairman Nurul Islam was the chief guest at the event presided over by Mazharul Islam Molayam and moderated by Rhamkar Rahman. Upazila Parishad Vice Chairman Mofazzal Hossain Bhuiyan, Female Vice Chairman Selina Begum Sumi, Netrakona Udichi President Mostafizur Rahman Khan, Folk Culture Researcher Sanjay Sarkar, Rakhal Biswas, Poet Swadhin Chowdhury and Netrakona Baul Association President Baul Umed Ali Fakir and others were present on this occasion. Later two Bengali artistes performed folk songs. Hundreds of spectators present at the event were enthralled by their songs throughout the night.
Folk culture collector, researcher and folk artist Abul Basar Talukder, son of Abdul Majid Talukder, said, 'It is very good to organize a meeting of two artists of Bengal for the first time. My late father sang numerous songs on All India Radio and Gramophone. The songs written by him are performed by the artists of West Bengal in addition to the artists of Bangladesh. I want to organize such an event every year.'