Artistes from China’s Sichuan province enthralled the Dhaka audience with their traditional dance, puppet and acrobatic show at a programme on Saturday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
They presented traditional dances, spectacular shadow dance and contortion at the event. The programme also featured a photography show featuring Sichuan province.
Bangladesh China Cultural Economic Centre and Bangladesh China Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with Chinese Embassy in Dhaka, organised the programme to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries.
Praising the initiative, civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, who attended the programme as the chief guest, said, ‘Cultural exchanges will strengthen relations of the two friendly countries’.
The show began with a spectacular dance recital named Happiness presented by 10 female artistes. The dancers clad in colourful traditional Chinese attires and flowers in hand amused the audience with the piece, which is one of the common dance recitals performed in festivals in Sichuan.
Next two acrobats displayed their skills at an acrobatic show named The Strength. The houseful audience cheered the acrobats with round of applause while the two performers displayed balancing acts and other physical skills on stage.
A shadow show named Magical World by an artiste amazed all. Using a light source and a white screen, the artiste with his hands made shadows of different animals like birds, cats, dogs, elephants, horse, owl and others much to the delight of the audience.
A traditional Chinese puppet show was another attraction of the event where an artiste showed his skills with a stringed puppet.
Classical Chinese dance with drums, usually presented during Chinese New Year celebration, was another eye-catching performance at the event.
The Dhaka audience left the hall satisfied and impressed. ‘It was a wonderful show. I loved the acrobatics’, said a class eight student Nur Al Mehedi.
‘I would love to see more such shows in future. It was fabulous’, said another audience member Arif Reza.
The viewers also praised the photography show organised as part of the programme, which featured the colourful lifestyle, culture and landscape of Sichuan through 35 displayed photographs.
The giant pandas, 80% of which live in Sichuan, are featured in some of the photographs. Moreover, photographs of some of the world heritage sites in China like the 71-metre (233 ft) tall giant Buddha statue, known as Leshan Giant Buddha, or the Lugu Lake impressed the audience by portraying beautiful natural scenery and archeological sites of Sichuan province, a favourite tourist destination in China.
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