A huge collection of folk songs, collected and preserved from five different regions of Bangladesh has been released on July 15. The initiative was taken by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) just to preserve the cultural essence of folk music, culture and tradition. They released a DVD, which is complied of 13000 folk songs collected from the remote areas of Bangladesh. A seminar on the concerned subject and a colorful cultural programme also took place on the same day.
The initiative was taken long back in the year of 2016 when the introducers have planned to compile folk songs from different areas of the country. Their initiative was to depict a colorful illustration of the folk culture in Bangladesh. By following the dreams, they have managed to collect the songs and categorized them according to geographic location and their singing styles. As an example, they have gathered songs from the Rangpur region and renamed it as ‘Uttorer Geeti Shudha’, the songs from Mymensingh district are renamed as ‘Haor Joler Gaan’ and the songs from Faridpur are titled as ‘Gao Geramer Sur’. They have also managed to collect a number of Baul songs from the Baul Uthsab of Bangladesh.
The open discussion platform on the topic of Folk Culture was held at the premises where Shamsuzzaman Khan, the Director General of Bangla Academy was the Chief Guest, Saktinath Jha, Researcher and writer of many popular books on folk culture, music and essence represented some of the translated work to Liaquat Ali, Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). There were many famous personalities like Indra Mohan Rajbangshi, Kiran Chandra Roy and researcher Saimon Zakaria among the guests. The event was hugely successful in the end.