Bangladeshi artistes participated at a massive street parade brought out on Sunday in the South Korean city Changwon along with artistes from 11 other countries and an estimated 15,000 migrants.
It was part of the closing ceremony of the three-day 12th Migrants’ Arirang Multicultural Festival in which Bangladesh participated as the ‘guest of honour’.
The annual Migrants’ Arirang Multicultural Festival is organised in Republic of Korea with the aim at understanding and sharing cultural values between Koreans and migrants.
The festival was launched in Seoul in 2005 and has been hosted by Changwon since 2010.
Earlier, Bangladeshi cultural troupe, led by cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, participated in six shows held at different venues at the festival. Bangladesh’s ambassador to Korea Md Zulfiqur Rahman was also present at the shows.
One of the participating dancers of the troupe Sadia Islam Mou said, ‘We are really excited as our performances got huge responses from the crowd in both indoor and open air shows.’
‘The organisers said that we secured the top position among the cultural troupes from other countries, which participated at the festival,’ she said.
Addressing the friendly relations between Bangladesh and Republic of Korea, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, said, ‘We are working together in various fields including culture. It is a great honour for us to be present at the festival as the guest of honour.’
‘We presented our traditional music, dance and art at the festival,’ the minister said.
Eight dancers from Bangladesh, including Farhana Chowdhury Baby, Sadia Islam and Farhana Khan presented dance recitals synchronised with traditional songs of Bangladesh. They also danced with the medley of a Korean and a Bangladeshi song.
Three singers-- Abdul Kuddus Bayati, Bhupati Bhusan Barma and Sonia Khatun— presented different genres of traditional songs such as Baul, Bhawaiya and Pala Gaan at the festival.
Bangladeshi fusion band Lalon presented two songs, including Pagol and Basanta Batashe, at the Pop Music Concert held at Yongji Culture Park along with musicians from eight other countreis. It was the last show of this year’s Migrants’ Arirang Multicultural Festival.
Artistes from other countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Mongololia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Philippines, China, Russia, Paraguay, Thailand and Korea also participated at the festival. An international seminar was also held at Changwon University on the opening day.
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