Like previous years, the fourth edition of the Dhaka International Folk Fest will have a myriad of Bangladeshi and international folk artistes on one platform. The festival will take place from November 15-17 at Bangladesh Army Stadium, everyday from 6 pm to midnight. Organised by Sun Communications Limited under the banner of Sun Foundation, the festival will be televised live on Maasranga Television, the event's television broadcast partner. Additionally, viewers will be able to enjoy the programme on Bioscope Live.
To make the formal announcement of this year's festival, a press conference was held at The Westin Hotel in the capital yesterday. Anjan Chowdhury, Chairman of Sun Communications Limited and Sun Foundation, Abul Khayer, Chairman of Bengal Foundation, Syed Mahbubur Rahman, CEO and Managing Director of Dhaka Bank Limited, Mahmud Hossain, Chief Business Officer of Grameenphone, and prominent folk singer and MP, Momotaz Begom, were present at the press conference. “Sun Foundation comes with a mission to conserve and support the folk genre, making it popular among people. Securing the legal rights of Bangladeshi folk artistes and ensuring their royalty are our main priorities,” said Anjan Chowdhury. “As an initiative, we will also collaborate with renowned search engines and social media sites to endorse our artistes globally.” Others at the conference also spoke about the enriched Bangla folk tradition and its significance to the world.
Around174 artistes from 7 countries including Bangladesh will be gathering at the festival. Momotaz Begom, Baul Abdul Hai Dewan, Baul Kabir Shah, Arnob, Nakshikatha, Swarobanjo and Bhabna Nritya Dol will be performing from Bangladesh. Wadali Brothers, The Raghu Dixit Project, Satyaki Banerjee from India, Shafqat Amanat Ali from Pakistan, Majaz from Bahrain, Grammy award winner Los Texmaniacs from the USA, Dikanda from Poland and Las Migas from Spain will come to the bustling city of Dhaka to celebrate the spirit of folk music at the festival.
The online registration process for the festival, which is free of cost, will begin from 3 pm today and will carry on for five days. For registration, people can visit www.dhakainternationalfolkfest.com or www.shohoz.com/events, the event's registration partner. Grameenphone subscribers can register from their My GP apps as well. After completing the registration, three different entry passes for each day of the festival will be sent to the interested participants via email. More updates on the event can be found on the official Facebook page of the Dhaka International Folk Fest.
The title sponsor of the Dhaka International Folk Fest this year is Meril. It is powered by Dhaka Bank Limited, in association with Grameenphone and supported by Radhuni. Other partners of the event include: Bkash, Bengal Digital, Radio DIN RAAT, Mediacom, Square Hospitals Limited, Aegis Security Force and Four Points by Sheraton, Dhaka.