Concert from Bangladesh is a mixed-reality music concert using cutting edge technology to take you on a virtual journey, encompassing mystical Baul singers from rural Kushtia, experimental electronics and hip hop from the streets of Dhaka.
The concert will take viewers on an expansive sonic journey spanning six centuries, beginning with renowned Baul singer Arif Baul accompanied by instrumental virtuosos Nazrul Islam, Saidur Rahman, and Sohel. This will be followed by a piece composed by Enayet and Nishit Dey exploring the shared musical language between Nazrul sangeet, classical raga and 90s jungle.The concert will end with the Bangladeshi hip hop duo Tabib Mahmud and 12-year-old Gully Boy Rana, whose socially-engaged lyrics highlight some of the pressing issues the concert aims to fundraise for. The performances will be interspersed with archival and contemporary documentary footage.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with some of the creatives behind the project.
This film is part of Banglaverse Film Festival organised by Tower Hamlets Council for Bangladesh@50, a season of events throughout 2021 which mark 50 years since the independence of Bangladesh.
Arif Baul (Baul vocalist and composer)
Nazrul Islam (Dhol player)
Saidur Rahman (Harmonium player)
Enayet (Producer, Electronics, Composer)
Provhat Rahman (Producer, Electronics)
Nishit Dey (Composer, Sitar And Tabla Player)
Meerashri Arshee (Classical Raga Vocalist)
Moumita Haque (Nazrul Sangeet Vocalist)
Siaminium (Electronics, Producer And Recording Engineer)
Nazrul Islam (Dhol Player)
Jawaad Mustakim Al Muballig (Bansuri Flute Player)
Gully Boy Rana and Tabib Mahmud (Hip hop artists)
Meet the speakers
Provhat Rahman did the electronic production and arrangements in Concert From Bangladesh’s second act. Having co-founded the Daytimers Collective, London-based producer and DJ Provhat has played an integral role in the re-emergence of Asian Underground sounds. His Indian svara inspired debut single, “Pedal” released on Rhythm Labs Records saw support from LCY, Hodge & Raji Rags. Alongside this, his ever-growing bank of Daytimers dubs have been mainstays across sets played by the new wave of South Asian DJs. With recent spots on NTS & Rinse FM, Provhat is set to continue pushing his productions and platform to new heights in 2021.
Ruxmini Reckvana Q Choudhury worked as the Assistant Curator, Research and Archive Producer on Concert From Bangladesh.
She is a Dhaka based art researcher and curator and has been working as an Assistant Curator at the Samdani Art Foundation. She has been involved in the Dhaka Art Summit since the edition of 2016 and has conducted many research projects for DAS, including Art Mediation Programme and MAHASSA,(2019-20). Her research interest lies in the pre and post colonial South Asian art and culture.
Concert From Bangladesh is a project by UBIK Productions and Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with Shezad Dawood and in partnership with Pioneer Works, Yorkshire Sculpture International, Chisenhale Gallery and Friendship. It is supported by the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund, which supports UK and overseas cultural partnerships to develop digitally innovative ways of collaborating.
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