In 1963, music exponent, educationist and Ekushey Padak winner Pandit Barin Mazumder, founded the Government Music College in Agargaon, Dhaka. To commemorate the 98th birth anniversary of the maestro, Government Music College recently organised a two-day long music festival titled Pandit Barin Mazumder Sangeet Utshab 2019, at its premises.
The festival was inaugurated by Honourable Education Minister, Dr Dipu Moni, MP, who spoke at the event as the chief guest. Special guests of the event included Member of Parliament, Al Haj Sadek Hossain Khokon; Senior Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education Division, Md Soharab Hossain; and Director General of Primary and Secondary Education Division, Professor Dr Syed Golam Farukh. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by the Principal of the college, Professor Krishti Hefaz.
The festival began with the song Shurer Badhone Bedhey Nijeke, performed by the students of Government Music College. Students of music departments from different universities including the University of Dhaka, University of Rajshahi, University of Development Alternative (UODA) and Chhayanaut performed at the event.
The festival also featured renowned musicians Asit Dey, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, Tapan Mahmud, Yeakub Ali Khan, Mujib Pardeshi, Lily Islam, and Priyanka Gope, among others. Discussions on various topics, including women's contribution to folk music, also took place.