Cultural Heritage and Ethnomusicology of Bangladesh to begin from Aug 26

Staff Correspondent

26th August, 2015 12:04:29 printer

Cultural Heritage and Ethnomusicology of Bangladesh to begin from Aug 26

The cultural heritage of Bangladesh is remarkably ancient and its contemporary features are also rich and diversified. The deep rooted relationship between ethnomusicology and Bangladeshi cultural heritage is quite vivid. The evidences of Buddha Charyagiti, medieval Naathogiti, Boisnabpodaboli and even the contemporary Baul songs expose the characteristics of ethnomusicology and its poses in the life style of Bangladeshi common people. On this ground, the European, American, Australian as well as Afro-Asian researchers find profound interest in studying Bangladeshi music tradition from the perspective of ethnomusicology. Bhabnagar Foundation initiates the process of learning such unknown aspects by organizing these symposiums.

 

Ethnomusicology, as like as cultural heritage, reflects the people’s culture of a country or a particular region. Ethnomusicology studies how a population carries on their own social norms, culture, economy, politics, rituals, history, religion, values etc through practice of musical tradition. This discipline is now a valuable addition to the universities of Europe, America, Australia, Africa and Asia. But, Bangladesh is still lagging behind this branch of knowledge. In this backdrop, Bhabnagar organized two separate symposiums on 20th December 2013 and 11th September 2014 at EMK Center of Dhaka by the title of Ethnomusicology and Performance Studies and Ethnomusicology for Bengal Studies respectively. We think, the steps of Bhabnagar in introducing study of ethnomusicology in Bangladesh are valuable.

 

In this respect, Bhabnagar Foundation has organized another symposium at EMK Center at Dhanmondi on 26th August 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The title of the symposium will be Cultural Heritage and Ethnomusicology of Bangladesh. Mr. Mahbubul Hoque Shakil, Special Assistant of the Honorable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has given his kind consent to be present at the symposium as the Chief Guest. The event will be chaired by the renowned folklore researcher Prof. Shamsuzzaman Khan, Director General, Bangla Academy.

 

The symposium will be enriched with the paper presentations of Dr. Masahiko Tagawa, Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Hiroshima and Keith E. Cantu, PhD fellow, University of California.

 

Mihir Musaki (Md. Mofidur Rahman), the Cultural Advisor of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Dr Salimulla Khan, professor of the University of Liberal Arts of Bangladesh will be the distinguished discussants in the symposium.

 

The event will close with the outstanding performances of Madeline Becker from Washington University, Keith E. Cantu and some Bangladeshi artist.

 

This symposium will open the door of anthropological and ethnomusicological study in Bangladesh. We also hope that it will inspire our Universities to start the discipline of Cultural Heritage and Bengal Studies.

 

International Symposium Schedule 2015

 

Date : 26 August 2015, Time : 5.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Venue : EMK Center, Midas Center, 9th Floor, No : 05

Road : 16 (Old-27), Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh.

 

6:00 – 6:05 Address of Welcome

Mr. Saymon Zakaria, Assistant director, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Editor of Bhabnagar, International Journal of Bengal Studies.

 

6:05 – 6:45  Panel One: Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh

 

Presentation Title : Fakir Lalon Shah and Cultural Heritage in Bangladesh.

Speaker 1 : Dr. Masahiko Togawa, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Hiroshima University, Japan

Discussion : Mr. Mihir Musaki (Md. Mofidur Rahman), Cultural adviser of the Ministry of Cultural affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

 

6:45 – 7:00 Tea Break

 

7:00 – 7:45 Panel Two: Ethnomusicology of Bangladesh

 

Presentation Title : Quintessential Sensuality and the Bauls of Bengal

Speaker 2 : Mr. Keith E. Cantú, PhD fellow, the University of California, USA

Discussion :   Dr. Salimullah Khan, Professor, General Education Department, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.

 

7:45-8:00  Address by Chief Guest

 

Mr. Mahbubul Hoque Shakil, Special Assistant, to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

 

8:00-8:15  Address by the Chairperson

 

Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, Director General, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

8:15-8:50  Performance of Baul Songs and Bhabsangeet

 

Artist :  Madeline Becker, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

             Keith E. Cantu, University of California, USA

             Some of the Baul Singer, Bangladesh.

 

8:50-9:00 Thanks for Guests, Audience, Artists

Mr. Nurunnabi Shanto, Writer and Member of Bhabnagar Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

Organized by

 

BHABNAGAR FOUNDATION

www.vabnagarfoundation.com

 

BHABNAGAR FOUNDATION

 

Cultural Heritage and Ethnomusicology of Bangladesh

International Symposium 2015

Date : 26 August 2015, Time : 5.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Venue : EMK Center, Midas Center, 9th Floor, No : 05

Date : 26 August 2015, Time : 5.30 pm – 9.00 pm

 

 


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