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Music and Arts

The musical tradition of Bangladesh is lyrics-based ( Baniprodhan ), with minimal instrumental accompaniment. Numerous musical traditions exist including Gombhira , Bhatiali and Bhawaiya , varying from one region to the next. Folk music is accompanied by the ektara , an instrument with only one string. Other instruments include the dotara , dhol , flute and tabla . Bangladesh also has an active heritage in North Indian classical music . Similarly, Bangladeshi dance forms draw from folk traditions, especiallythose of the tribal groups, as well as the broader Indian dance tradition. Bangladesh produces about 80 films a year. Mainstream Hindi
films are also quite popular. Around 200 daily newspapers are published in Bangladesh, along with more than 500 periodicals. However, regular readership is low at just under 15% of thepopulation. Bangladeshis listen to a variety of local and national radio programs like Bangladesh Betar . Four private FM radio stations named ( Radio Foorti , ABC Radio , Radio Today , Radio Amar ) arepopular among urban youths. International Bengali-language broadcasts include BBC Bangla and Voice of America . The dominant television channel is the state-owned BangladeshTelevision , but in the last few years, privatelyowned channels have developed considerably.

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