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Dance and Music

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Bangladeshi dance is usually predominated by the classical forms of the sub-continent dance. The folk, tribal and Middle Eastern features are also common. Monipuri and Santal are mostly popular among the tribal dance. Both male and female perform dances in synchronization with Bangla songs like jari and shari. Music in Bangladesh can be divided into three distinct categories -classical, folk and modern. Ustad Alauddin Khan and Ustad Ayet Ali Khan are two names in classical instrumental music who are internationally known as well.

The stock of folk song is enriched with spiritual lyrics of Lalan Shah, Hasan Raja, Romesh Shill and many anonymous lyricists. Bangla music is blessed with Jari, Shari, Bhatiali, Murshidi and other types of folk songs. Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Sangeet are Bangalees' precious heritage. There is a practice of modern music also which are influenced by the trends of west.

Musical Instruments

The country has a impressive number of musical instruments originally of her own. Main country made musical instruments include, Banshi (bamboo flute), Dhole (wooden drums), Ektara (a single stringed instrument), Dotara (a four stringed instrument), Mandira (a pair of metal bawls used as rhythm instrument), Khanjani, Sharinda etc. Now-a-days western instruments such as Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Synthesizer etc. are being used along with country instruments.

Drama & Jatra

Drama in Bangladesh has an old tradition and is very popular among her people. more than a dozen theater groups in Dhaka have been regularly staging locally written plays as well as those adopted from famous writers of the world. Popular theatre groups are Dhaka Theatre, Nagarik Nattya Sampraday and Theatre. In Dhaka, Baily Road area is known as 'Natak Para' where drama shows are regularly performed. Public Library Auditorium and Museum Auditorium are famous for holding cultural shows. Dhaka University area is a central part of cultural activities.

Jatra(Folk Drama) is another notable part of Bangalee culture. It presents mythological episodes of love, romance, and tragedy. Legendary plays of heroism are also popular, especially in the rural areas. 

 
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