2nd Int’l Sufi Festival to end Sunday

2 (645 x 430)DHAKA : The 2nd three-day International Sufi Festival will endon Sundayat the Bangladesh Shilpaka Academy’s Nandan Mancha, reports UNB.
The Allama Rumi Society of Bangladesh and Hatkhola Foundation, a cultural and social development organisation based in Chittagong, jointly organised the festival with the support of the Cultural Affairs Ministry and under the patronage of the Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
Finance Minister AMA Muhith will be present at the closing ceremony as the chief guest while Cultural Affairs Minister AsaduzzamanNoor will be there as a special guest.
International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Gowher Rizvi, Emeritus Professor Anisuzzaman and poet Asad Chowdhury will also speak on the occasion.
Hyder and Haroon, Iqbal Hyder and Dipankar, and Sirajul Baul will perform from5 pm to 7 pmwhile the audience will enjoy the music of Iranian music troupe Zairob and Indian Ruhani Sisters.
The music festival began on Friday with the theme ‘Music for Unity’ with the performance of traditional dance while popular Bangladeshi band ‘Joler Gaan’ will perform last as the headline act. A seminar on Sufi festival music was arranged on the second day (Saturday) in the seminar room of National Drama Centre of BSA. Four countries-India, Iran, Turkey and Bangladesh-are participating in the festival with their traditional music. A total of 119 (with 70 from hosts Bangladesh) Sufi artists and folklore singers are performing at the festival. On the other hand, 15 troupes from home and four from abroad -Iranian Zairob, a Turkish team and two Indian teams including Ruhani Sisters are on the performance list.
The first edition of the festival was held in Chittagong.