RadhaRaman Society is celebrating its half-decade of the two-day RadhaRaman Folk Festival, the event of Bengali traditional folk music and luminously colourful folk dance, on 5 and 6 December 2015 at Harehills in Leeds. The festival has included few special performances to celebrate the half-decade of the event and the centenary of RadhaRaman’s death. RadhaRaman was a Bengali folk music composer, pioneer of a special folk dance called Dhamail and iconic philosopher of Vaishnavism, an ancient school of thoughts in India; the philosophy that promoted profound humanism and commuinal harmony between different faiths.
The event is dubbed as a hugely colourful, diverse and one of significant world-art events in the city. Although this free for all festival is turning out as the major cultural events of Harehills, it attracts the number of audiences from London, Birmingham, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Oldham, Bradford and other neighbouring towns.
Ahmed Kaysher, one of the board members said, the festival had targeted initially to bring the socially excluded people e.g. Asian women of the local area into the mainstream activities through popular art forms like folk music and include as many British Asian young people into music and dance to tackle growing extremism in the community. But within last five years, quite fortunately it became the event of recreation and entertainment for all and it attracted quite national coverage and attention from audience from all over the country. This year, we have special performances to attract as many wider audience as possible.’
The festival will be inaugurated at 12 (noon) at Reginald Centre in Chapeltown and then a whole night performance will start from 7pm at Bangladeshi Community Centre, Roundhay Road. The performance involves folk poetry recitation, folk music session with Dhamail dance, multi-cultural folk music and folk dance, informal Adda, short plays etc.
The performances of the second day of the festival (6 December) will start from 12.30pm (mid-noon) at Bangladeshi Centre in Leeds which involves brief discussion by local MPs, councillors and researchers on folk music, and then the performance of folk music composed by RadhaRaman Dutta and spectacular Dhamail dance by local women and children groups as well as prominent guest artists from all around the country.
Delicious Indian curry will be served free as lunch and the event is free for all in the community.