Chhayanaut is the largest school of music and dance for children and adults in Bangladesh, with focus on voice training and classical dance. The school has been run since 1963, and counts today some 4.000 music students, aged 6 to 40 years, and 150 teachers. Included in its headquarter is also a library and an archive for books on music and dance, a collection of audio cassettes and CDs, a performing stage, an auditorium and a record studio. The school yearly performs around 30 concerts.
Bangladesh Institute for Theatre Art (BITA), Chittagong and Patiya
BITA is an NGO committed to the national development through the improvement of cultural heritage of disadvantaged population. The premier aim of BITA is to integrate the general lifestyle of the people of Bangladesh, their cultural development and various social traditions with the ongoing democratic process through different applications of performing arts with special attention to theatre, music, traditional cultural forms, etc.
Live Square Music, Dhaka
Live Square Music, founded in 2007, organizes concerts and promotes live music in Dhaka. Their ultimate goal is to create a stable concert platform for musicians within marginalized genres (rock, pop, jazz and electronica) in order to engage young people. The founders of Live Square Music are young entrepreneurs and music enthusiast with an educational background in finance and business. In spite of their young age, they have already managed to achieve remarkable results in the modern music field in Bangladesh by organising big events and concerts, and are very well connected with other actors on the regional modern music scene.
SUNO/ Arshi Nagar
Since 2004, a Bangladeshi/Norwegian project called “SUNO: Hear it!” has worked to strengthen the art of poor people in Bangladesh. The organization running this project is called Arshi Nagar. The project’s area includes the districts of Lalmonirhat and Kurigram. Music is the only form of artistic expression that lightens a daily life of hardship in this flood-prone area.
The project’s methods are
a) Establish and run village “music schools”, where children aged seven to sixteen – boys and girls, Muslims and Hindus – learn to sing and play traditional music that was on the verge of extinction
b) Organize large or small melas (festivals)
c) Archive the music, write down the songs of the oldest singers, and ensure that the children learn these while master teachers are still available
d) Run the Arshi Nagar Sound Studio, built and equipped in the town of Lalmonirhat