Famous Bengali folk band, Dohar of late Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya, will perform at Nagpur on Sunday March 3 at Sai Sabhagruha, behind Wockhardt Hospital, North Ambazari road, at 7.00 pm.
The Bengali band, Dohar, was founded by its lead singer late Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya, around two decades ago. It is very popular in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam and in Bangladesh. The Dohar became very popular through a realty show in a Bengali TV channel on Bengali folk-song programme
The Bengali Association, Bengali Education Society and Saraswat Sabha Library are jointly organising the musical programme. The musical event aims to bring the rich, diversified, spiritual and mystic essence of Bengal’s “mati” on one platform, through the folk songs.
The Bengali folk band play more than 25 different kind of ethnic/folk instruments, covering the different genres like Baul, Bhatiyali, Bhawaiya, Chatka, Jhumur, Saarigaan, Jaari gaan, Gaajan/Charak, Dhamail-geet, Patriotic folk songs and Bihu-Kamrupi, apart from a host of Tagore songs.
In its presentations, Dohar tries to capture the rustic milieu in a few sketches, which are not at all naturalistic but only an aid to stir the audience imagination. They play more than 25 ethnic/folk instruments like Ektara, Dotara, Saraj, Bamboo, Flute, Shinga, Harmonium, Dhak, Mridango, Dholok, Madol, Pakhaj, Tabla, Kashi, Kortal and Ghungur.
This is the first time that Nagpur is hosting the folk songs of Dohar band to mark the centenary year of Saraswat Sabha Library. The Bengali Association, Bengali Education Society, Unmukh and Saraswat Sabha Library had initiated series of cultural and musical programmes to mark the library’s centenary year celebration that started from last year and would be concluded with the musical programme of Dohar.
The Sunday programme will also give a tribute to the great singer, Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya, the founder of the band, who died in a road accident.
The entry for the programme is free. General Secretary of Bengali Education Society, Pradip Ganguly, President of Bengali Association Pradip Maitra, and President of Saraswat Sabha Library Tapan Chakraborti, have appealed to all Bengali music-lovers to attend the programme and ensure its success.