A two-day National Gambhira Festival featuring performances by ten troupes from Chapai Nawabganj was held on Friday and Saturday at Bakultola of faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University.
The participating troupes in the festival presented Gambhira songs satirising the impact of globalisation on local culture.
Five troupes including Prayan Folk Theatre Institute, Chapai Nakshi Gambhira Dal, Bholahat Dal, Adi Gambhira Dal and Surya Diganta Gambhira Dal performed on the concluding day of the festival, which was organised by cultural organisation Diyar.
Artistes of the troupes depicted how foreign cultures are affecting local customs and traditions.
Through funny and witty quips, the artistes showed how foreign cultures, technology and gadgets are influencing the youths of the country.
The festival was inaugurated by professor Mamtazuddin Ahmed on Friday. Among others, former justice ATM Fazle Kabir and Diyar president Makhlesur Rahman Mukul were present at the inauguration ceremony.
‘Gambhira songs were traditionally performed in praise of Hindu deity Lord Shiva, who is also known as the gambhir. However, the songs gradually evolved over the years and people started to depict contemporary issues in society through the songs’, said Mamtazuddin Ahmed.
Following the inauguration, five troupes including Chapai Gambhira, Lok Gambhira, Sangeeta Chapai Gambhira Dal, Nawab Gambhira Dal and Raskas Gambhira Dal entertained the audience presenting Gambhira songs.