Past Events

EKTARA Folk Festival 2011

“EKTARA Folk Festival 2011” featuring the musical drama “Mohajoner Nao” was held on Saturday, 24 September 2011 at West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA. In the feature presentation “Mohajoner Nao”, we celebrated the life and songs of “Baul Somrat” Shah Abdul Karim (1916-2009). “Mohajoner Nao” is based on the bard’s mystical journey into the world of baul music. It is written by renowned documentary film maker and media personality Shakoor Majid.

BIOSCOPE (2010)

BIOSCOPE reminds us of those nostalgic days in the streets of Bangladesh where in the narrow alleys, the BIOSCOPE-wala used to roam around with throng of kids running behind them.  The unique way the BIOSCOPE-wala presented the glamorous world of cinema took us to a different world where our imaginations came true.

Just like the traditional BIOSCOPE, in 2010 EKTARA production portrayed the silver screen of Bangladeshi cinema and how it influences our social life. We presented the evolution of Bangladeshi cinema thru the many lenses of BIOSCOPE.  Our feature presentation was a very well knows dance dram Alibaba and Forty Theives.

EKTARA (2007)

In 2007 we presented our second large scale production called EKTARA.  The idea of this production came from a traditional Bangladeshi musical instrument called EKTARA, which is a single string musical instrument used mainly by baul singers of Bangladesh.  Throughout the last couple of centuries, Bangladesh has seen generations of baul singers who have contributed vastly in the evolution of Bangladeshi folk culture.  EKTARA was a folk based program where our main goal was to portray the rich heritage and history of Bangladeshi folk culture thru music and dance.  The life history of one of Bengals greatest baul Hason Raza was depicted through our feature presentation dance drama called “Hason Raza”.  Another highlight of this production was a very colorful fashion show featuring various beautiful Bangladeshi saris.

Because of the astronomical success of ITTADI and EKTARA we are brining you our next production called BIOSCOPE.  Please click here to find out more.


ITTADI (2004)

Our first large scale production was in 2004 called ITTADI.  It was a variety show where we presented Bangladeshi folk music, folk and modern dance and fashion show.   The feature presentation of this production was a dance drama called “Nakshi Kanthar Matt”, which was originally written by poet Jasim Uddin.  Many of Jasim Uddin’s significant works portrayed the rural life of Bengal in a simple yet strikingly artistic fashion.  That is why he is known as `PolliKobi’ or folk poet; ‘Nakshi Kanthar Matt’ is no exception.  ITTADI was a mega success and was well accepted by the Bangladeshi community.