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Orchestration in Bengali song - La chanson bengalie : l'orchestration; 11 October

Oct 11, 2024 – Oct 11, 2024

Alliance Française de Dhaka, Dhanmondi – Café la Véranda

Orchestration in Bengali song - La chanson bengalie : l'orchestration; 11 October

Orchestration in Bengali song

La chanson bengalie : l’orchestration


To commemorate the 65th anniversary, Alliance française de Dhaka and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Bangladesh will collaborate to host a magnificent orchestra showcasing predominantly Bengali music. The exceptional performers from Flaming Acoustics will exclusively grace this special occasion.


Please note that this event is by invitation only and not open to everyone.


Note from the organizer:


After returning to the country from America in 2009, I tried to form a music ensemble. And I had to start from scratch. The journey began through various adversities. For such a group, nothing that was needed was available in Bangladesh. I started to meet many people and continued working through a process of trial and error. Although many of us are familiar with the words “orchestra” and “orchestration,” their practice is almost nonexistent in our country. I believe that, in the context of the present world, this matter should be given serious consideration in the music arena. Our neighboring countries are quite ahead of us in this regard. This project is an outcome of a decade-long work. I have arranged these songs and orchestrated them for different occasions and different events. I have tried to bring out the essence of each song with the colors of orchestration. I express gratitude to Alliance Française de Dhaka and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh for supporting our initiative and reaching out to everyone.


অমৃত মেঘের বারি


Nectar from the Clouds

বাড়ির কাছে আরশিনগর


The City of Mirrors

শ্যাম যদি হইত মাথার কেশ


If Shyam were hair of my head

আজি বাংলাদেশের হৃদয় হতে


From the Heart of Bangladesh

তোমার খোলা হওয়া


Your Open Air

আমার নিশীথ রাতের বাদলধারা


Midnight’s Rain Shower

দাও শৌর্য, দাও ধৈর্য্য


Give Bravery, Give Patience

দূর দ্বীপবাসিনী


The Inhabitant of a Distant Island

একুশের গান


The Song of The Twenty First

মুক্তির মন্দির সোপান তলে


At the Steps of the Temple of Liberation

পূর্ব দিগন্তে সূর্য উঠেছে


The Sun Has Risen in the Eastern Horizon

এক সাগর রক্তের বিনিময়


For the Price of An Ocean Of Blood

শোনো একটি মুজিবরের থেকে


Listen, From One Like Mujib

বিচারপতি তোমার বিচার করবে যারা


The Arbiters Who Shall Pronounce Your Verdict


Discover the artist biography of "𝓕𝓵𝓪𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓐𝓬𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓬𝓼"

Iftekhar Anwar (Founder and Director)

Iftekhar Anwar (Founder and Director)

Iftekhar Anwar is the Founder and Director of Classical Music Academy (CMA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He earned a Diploma in Music from the Razi Conservatory in Athens, Greece, in 2001 under the mentorship of Professor Elena Papandreou. Subsequently, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2005 and a Master of Music degree in 2008 in Guitar Performance at Arizona State University, studying with Professor Frank Koonce. Iftekhar also studied cello with EmíliaGarcés from 2019 to 2021.



In addition to his position at CMA, Iftekhar coordinates the guitar course at Alliance Française de Dhaka where he has played a pivotal role in popularizing classical guitar lessons and performance in the region. As part of CMA’s initiative to pioneer music education in Bangladeshi schools, he has transcribed and arranged popular Bengali and English songs using Western staff notation. These compositions have been performed by the CMA Chamber Orchestra in many prestigious venues throughout the country.



Iftekhar Anwar is the editor of the music anthology Folk Melody of Bangladesh.

Md. Ali Akkas

Md. Ali Akkas

Md. Ali Akkas started pursuing his musical ambitions from a very early age, when he attended Comilla Shilpokola Academy. He took lessons in traditional folk music from M. N. Akhter in Chittagong and from Abbasuddin in Comilla. After moving to Dhaka, he attended the Jagannath University and completed his bachelor’s and master’s studies in Business Administration. Concurrently, he enrolled at Alliance Française de Dhaka to take lessons in classical guitar under Iftekhar Anwar.  He also started playing the silver flute and later was mentored by Professor Mats Moller. At present, he is affiliated with Dhaka University and Classical Music Academy and has been a flutist and a singer for the CMA Chamber Orchestra since 2011. 

Sattyajit Sarkar

Sattyajit Sarkar

Sattyajit Sarkar, born in 1995, began his musical journey at five, drawn to raag, RabindraSangeet, and NazrulGeeti. He pursued music at Dhaka University, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees by 2019. In 2019, he embraced the violin under mentor Simon Kierspel from Germany. Now, after nearly 24 years in music, he aims to excel as a violinist and composer, aspiring to establish a renowned orchestra in Bangladesh.

Simon Kierspel

Simon Kierspel

Simon Kierspel is a passionate German violinist. He started violin lesson at the age of seven. Simon played violin and viola in several orchestras in Germany and abroad.

Prithila Mary Pereira

Prithila Mary Pereira

Prithila Mary Pereira is a dedicated classical guitar teacher at Bacha English Medium School, where she also began her musical journey under the tutelage of Reeju Gomes and Iftekhar Anwar. Her passion for music has led her to perform at prestigious venues such as the Liberation War Museum and National Museum. Currently, she is expanding her horizons by studying Mass Communication at UCSI University Bangladesh Branch Campus. In her leisure time, Prithila enjoys immersing herself in music, books, movies, and series, which not only entertain but also inspire her teaching and studies.

Nahian Kabyo

Nahian Kabyo

Nahian Kabyo is a devotional violin player and a member of the Classical Music Academy (CMA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also a member of the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance (ICTMD). Kabyo is a student in the Department of Drama and Dramatics at Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka.

Kabyo has performed violin in several prominent stage dramas, including “Tirthoyatri” (2023), directed by Taukir Ahmed, written by Humayun Kabir, and produced by Natyokentra; “Punnaho” (2023), directed by Yusuf Hasan Arko, written by Badruzzaman Alamgir, and produced by Natyokentra; and “Chanmohuar Kiccha” (2023), also directed by Yusuf Hasan Arko and produced by the Department of Drama and Dramatics at Jahangirnagar University. He has also performed in various stage and television programs at venues such as the Goethe-Institut Dhaka, Channel I, Shilpakala Academy Auditorium, National Museum, Liberation War Museum, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), and Mahila Samiti Auditorium.

In addition to his instrumental work, Nahian Kabyo sings modern songs, creates paintings, and writes literary works such as poems and short stories.

Md. Erfanul Haque

Md. Erfanul Haque

Md. Erfanul Haque is a classical guitarist. His musical journey began under the guidance of Iftekhar Anwar while attending St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, where he developed a deep appreciation for the intricacies of classical guitar.


Currently pursuing his studies in Mathematics at Dhaka University, Md. Haque tries to balance his academic pursuits with his passion for music. He has had the privilege of participating in masterclasses led by esteemed guitarists such as ArnaldoFreire, Johannes Moller, ThibautCauvin, Marcus Vinicius and Elena Papandreu.

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