The five-day final round of a nationwide children’s dance competition was inaugurated at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
A total of 350 dancers from all 64 districts are taking part in this round, divided into two groups and competing in different categories.
The contest has been organised by Bangladesh Nrityashilpy Shangstha in association with the academy. This is the third edition of the event that began in the first week of October.
On the opening day of the finale, the contestants performed in seven categories such as folk, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Bharatanatyam, creative dance, and dance based on songs of the war of independence.
They were divided into two groups according to their age: ‘Ka’ group for those under the age of 12 and ‘Kha’ group for those between 12 and 16 years of age.
There were both solo and group performances.
Earlier, the final round was inaugurated by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, with BNS president Minu Haque and noted dancers Amanul Haque and Mohammad Golam Mustafa in attendance.
The rehearsal halls of the centre were teeming with a gaggle of excited teenagers when this correspondent went there to know about their preparation.
Umme Hamima, a class-four student from Jessore, said she is excited to have made it to the finale. ‘I have been training in dance for several years. And to be able to perform before the Dhaka audience was an opportunity worth waiting for,’ she said.
Minti Islam, a participant from Bogra, who presented folk dance on Sunday, said she is confident of winning the contest.
‘We are trying our best to select the best dancers. So far, there has been an extremely positive and enthusiastic response from the dancers who came from around the country,’ Minu Haque told New Age.
The final round will end with an awards ceremony at the Music and Dance Centre on October 31, where ten dancers from the two groups will be declared winners.
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