The two-day silver jubilee celebrations by dance organisation Nrityalok commenced with the staging of its latest production Mohua at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
Directed by dancer Kabirul Islam Ratan, the dance drama features leading dancers like Sadia Islam Mou, Zinat Barkatullah, Kabirul Islam Ratan, Chadni, Rahmat Ali and others.
Mohua, based on the folk ballad with the same title from Mymensingh Geetika, features the tragic love story of Mohua and Nader Chand.
The dance drama opens with a group of snake charmers visiting a village named Kanchanpur. Among the group is Mohua, a young snake charmer woman known for her beauty.
Noder Chand, son of a local wealthy man, falls in love with Mohua at the first sight.
When Mohua’s father comes to know of this he leaves the village with Mohua.
After much effort, Chand manages to locate Mohua on a remote river bank and he runs away with her. However, on their way to Kanchanpur they are captured by Mohua’s group. The dance drama ends with Mohua taking her own life.
Apart from staging Mohua, Nrityalok also honoured fifteen eminent artistes at the event.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor distributed crests among the awardees.
Nrityalok honoured dancers Rahijha Khanam Jhunu, Golam Mostafa Khan and Dipa Khandakar, singers Ferdausi Rahman, Sabina Yasmin, Syed Abdul Hadi and Kiran Chandra Roy, actors Ferdausi Majumdar, Shimul Yousuf and Raisul Islam Asad, Razzak, Sarah Begum Kabori and Sujata, magician Jewel Aich and instrumentalist Ashutosh Shil.
Today the event will feature second staging of Mohua and dance performances by dancers of Nrityalok.
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