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Rohingya Music & Song

By  M Rafique
Music and song reflect lives of people the way they think, feel, express and the way they are. Likewise, the lives of Rohingyas are influenced with one of the most important factors of culture; music and song. Rohingyas use many traditional instruments such as Tobla and Juri in combination of modern musical instruments. Song plays an oral medium for transmitting emotion, feeling and sentiment of Rohingyas in order to keep their history alive to the majority of non-literate community through religious, philo-sophical and country songs.In summer time, many Rohingya youngsters go for singing under the moonlit nights with or with-out their musical instruments to feel fresh.There are also many groups of singers and musicians who release songs of all genres, and even it is easy for anyone who wants to dedicate a song for special one mentioning the name in the song from his or her favorite singer.Howla is a kind of popular song sung in almost every wedding ceremony by women accompa-nied with dancing. Bitayali Geét (song), Jari Geét and Gazír Geét are some of the melodious songs popular among Rohingya community.It is well noted that Rohingya Music and Song was broadcasted on May 15, 1962, the year before Ne Win military regime sieged power.

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