Bangla Kirtan originated about a thousand years ago in Bengal. Derived from a Sanskrit root (the origin of the Bengali language), Kirtan means narrating; it is the act of praising and rejoicing divinity and spirituality through various ways, including poetry, drama, dance, or any form of oral recitation. In its most well-known form, Kirtan is the call-and-response singing that usually focuses on mystic subcontinental characters.
The tunes and melodies of the past continue to leave a lasting impact even today; however, unfortunately, they are eroding over time due to a lack of exposure and written references. Hence In collaboration with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Mukto Arts CIC has launched a three days festival, titled ‘Brit-Bangla Heritage Fest 2022: Kirtan’, in London.
The festival aims to exhibit the rich Bengali cultural heritage to a wider audience while creating cultural resilience among the British-Bangla diaspora.
9th September 2022
Inauguration of the Festival
Welcome speech : Satyabrata das Swapan, President Mukto ARts CIC
Article Presentation : Dr Symon Zakaria, Folk researcher, Bangladesh
Musical Presentation : Ripon Sarkar (Boga Taleb)
Musical Presentation : Srijoni Tania
10th September 2022
Article Presentation : Dr Sydur Rahman Lipon, Theatre and Performance Studies Dhaka University
Article Presentation : Humayun Azam Rewaz, Writer and theatre activist
Musical Presentation : Pranesh Som
11th September 2022
Day start at 12 Noon
12-12.10 : Inguraiton
12.10 -12.30 : Musical performance Anvhita Gupta and Shubhangi Dam
12.30-1.15 : Robi Kirtan: Article Presentation and Musical performance on Rabindranath Tagore by distinguished British-Bengali musician Dr Imtiaj Ahmed
1.15-2.15 : Lunch Break
2.15-3 PM : Speech
3.3-15 : Exhibition of Kirtan Chitra based on Bangla Kirtan by Artist Mouni Mukta Chakravarty
3.15-4 pm : Chaitanya Kirtan by Himangshu Goswami, A Famous British Bengali musician
4-5.30 : Musical ‘Ras Geet’ by Mukto Arts CIC
Script and direction: Dr Ashim Chakraborty, An academician and writer from Cambridge, UK
Performers : Amith Dey, Laboni Barua, Angira Mukharjee, Hiranmoy Goswami, Moyukjit Chakraborty
Co-ordinaiton : Subash Das, Broadcaster and Journalist
5.30-6 : Closing ceremony
Brit-Bangla 2022 : Kirtan is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, Lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for the people and communities now and future.
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