Bengal Foundation has been promoting traditional Bangla songs over the last two decades. A musical soiree, titled "Pran-er Khela," is a regular monthly feature at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi. Featuring seasoned and emerging artistes, performing 'Adhunik,' folk and songs of Tagore, Nazrul, Atulprasad, D.L. Roy, Rajnikant and more, this programme has become quite popular in the city. Noted Nazrul singer Yasmin Mushtari and emerging Rabindra Sangeet artiste Azizur Rahman Tuhin performed at this month's instalment of the soiree on May 2 at Bengal Shilpalaya.
Tuhin began his performance with the Rabindra Sangeet, “Shudha shagor tirey.” One after another, the artiste sang “Amar priyar chhaya,” “Megher koley rodh heshechhey,” “Chhinno patar shajai tarani,” “Megher porey megh jomechhey,” “Prakhor tapan taapey” and “Tumi robey nirobey.”
Mushtari sang both familiar and not often performed Nazrul classics including, “Arunkanti ke go jogi bhikhari,” “Poran priyo,” “Roshghono shyam,” “Sha(n)jher pakhira phirilo kulaye,” “Sur-e o banir mala diye” and “Harano hiyar nikunjo pathey”. Bengal Foundation released an album of Nazrul Sangeet by Mushtari that received a positive response.
Musicians providing 'sangat' with the artistes were: Sunil Kumar Sarkar on the keyboard, Pinu Sen Das and Sultan on 'tabla,' Almas Ali on the violin, Momtaz Begum on 'tanpura' and Nazmul Alam Jaru on percussion.