sdgfdfgdfg.Classical forms of the sub-continent predominate in
Bangladeshi dance. The folk, tribal and Middle Eastern traits are also
common. Among the tribal dances, particularly popular are Monipuri and
Santal. Rural girls are in the habit of dancing that does not require any
grammar or regulations. Bangla songs like jari and shari are presented
accompanied with dance of both male and female performers.
The traditional music in Bangladesh shares the perspectives of that of the
Indian sub-continent. Music in Bangladesh can be divided into three distinct
categories -classical, folk and modern. The classical music, both vocal and
instrumental is rooted in the remote past of the sub-continent. Ustad
Alauddin Khan and Ustad Ayet Ali Khan are two names in classical
instrumental music who are internationally known.
The store of folk song abounds in spiritual lyrics of Lalan Shah, Hasan
Raja, Romesh Shill and many anonymous lyricists. Bangla music arena is
enriched with Jari, Shari, Bhatiali, Murshidi and other types of folk songs.
Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Sangeet are Bangalees' precious heritage. Modern
music is also practiced widely. Contemporary patterns have more inclinations
to west. Pop song and band groups are also coming up mainly in Dhaka City.
Bangladesh has a good number of musical instruments originally of her own.
Originally country musical instruments include, Banshi (bamboo flute), Dhole
(wooden drums), Ektara (a single stringed instrument), Dotara (a four
stringed instrument), Mandira (a pair of metal bawls used as rhythm
instrument), Khanjani, Sharinda etc. Now-a-days western instruments such as
Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Synthesizer etc. are being used alongside country
Drama & Jatra:
Drama in Bangladesh has an old tradition and is very popular. In
Dhaka more than a dozen theater groups have been regularly staging locally
written plays as well as those adopted from famous writers, mainly of
European origin. Popular theatre groups are Dhaka Theatre, Nagarik Nattya
Sampraday and Theatre. In Dhaka, Baily Road area is known as 'Natak Para'
where drama shows are regularly held. Public Library Auditorium and Museum
Auditorium are famous for holding cultural shows. Dhaka University area is a
pivotal part of cultural activities.
Jatra(Folk Drama) is another vital chapter of Bangalee culture. It
depicts mythological episodes of love and tragedy. Legendary plays of
heroism are also popular, particularly in the rural areas. In near past
jatra was the biggest entertainment means for the rural Bangalees and in
that sense for 80% of the population since the same percentage of the
population lived in rural Bangladesh. Now-a-days jatra has been placed in
the back seat in the entertainment era. Gradually western culture is
occupying the place of traditional culture like jatra.
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