Cultural activists recalled the recently died dancer Rahijha Khanom Jhunu in a commemorative programme held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The academy and Bangladesh Nritya Nritya Shilpy Sangstha jointly organised the commemorating programme in which cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpy Goshthi president Kamal Lohani, BSA director general Liaqaut Ali Lucky, BNSS president Minu Haque, Jhunu’s elder son Ahsanullah Chowdhury, and noted dancers like Amanul Haque, Laila Hasan, Jinnat Barkarullah, Saju Ahmed, Shamim Ara Nipa and Sadia Islam Mou were present.
The pioneering dancer Rahijha Khanom Jhunu died o November 26 at the age of 75.
Asaduzzaman Noor said the ministry had plan of turning Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts, where Jhunu served as a principal, in to a performing art training institute.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will publish a memorial book and also a photo album on Rahijha Khanom Jhunu, said Liaquat Ali Lucky.
International Theatre Institute’s honourary president Ramendu Majumdar said ‘Jhunu showed the courage to be a dancer in the 60s women’s participation in the dance was looked down upon in society.’
Minu Haque said that Jhunu was the teacher of almost all the contemporary dancers of the country and used to treat them as her children.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Miscellany