A four-day dance festival featuring traditional and folk dances of the SAARC countries ended at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday evening.
The festival was part of a four-day event titled ‘SAARC Handicrafts Exhibition and Traditional Dance Fest’. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in association with cultural affairs ministry and SAARC Cultural Centre, organised the event.
Local artistes and dancers from India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka performed traditional and folk dances of their respective countries at National Theatre Hall and open field on BSA premises.
The concluding day’s programme at National Theatre Hall began with a group dance recital by local artistes, who presented different dance forms of eight SAARC member countries at the event.
Next local dancers danced to the rhythm of traditional dhol synchroinised with the song Ami Tak Dhum Tak Dhum Bajai. The group also presented a dance recital synchronised with the song Sonay Baindha Nao.
Bhutanese dancers, wearing golden ornamented costumes, presented a traditional temple dance of Bhutan.
Local dancer Rachel Priyanka Paris presented a Gaudiya dance, which originated from Gauda, also known as Gaur, in Bengal.
Local dancer entertained the audience with traditional wedding dance synchronised with songs like Lila Bali Lila Bali and others at the open field of the academy.
The concluding programme at National Theatre Hall also included a discussion. Cultural affairs secretary Ibrahim Hossain Khan attended the event as the chief guest. Director of SAARC Cultural Centre Wasantha Kotuwella and director general of BSA Liaquat Ali Lucky were also present on the occasion.
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