Around 23 dance troupes from Dhaka and two others from outside the capital are performing at the three-day kathak dance festival underway at Chhayanaut auditorium in Dhanmondi.
Organised by Kathak Nritya Sampradaya for the sixth consecutive year, the festival also includes a seminar on traditional dance and Zeenat Jahan Memorial Award giving ceremony.
Eminent dancer Laila Hasan inaugurated the festival on Sunday. Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association advisor Amanul Haque, Sristy Cultural Centre director Anisul Islam and Kathak Nritya Sampradaya director Saju Ahmed were present at the programme.
Renowned dancer-choreographer Sharmila Banerjee received the Zeenat Jahan Memorial Award. Every year, Kathak Nritya Sampradaya honours a dancer with the award in memory of the late kathak dance teacher and choreographer Zeenat Jahan, Saju said.
Discussants at the opening ceremony praised Kathak Nritya Sampradaya for its endeavours of nurturing the ancient classical dance form kathak and promoting young dancers.
Following the inauguration, Kathak Nritya Sampraday artistes presented colourful kathak dance recitals in group and solos.
The show commenced with a group presentation of bandana, the formal starting of a kathak recital seeking blessings from the divine.
The dancers also demonstrated other segments of the classical dance genre kathak such as thaat, amad, gat and bol param.
Dance researcher Sheikh Mehedi Hasan presented a paper on diversity of dance styles found in ancient terracotta on Monday. Laila Hasan attended the seminar as the chief discussant, while Nigar Chowdhury, Munmun Ahmed, MR Wasek, among others, took part in discussion.
In the evening, dance troupes Angikam, Nupur Nikkan, Gantabya, Nrityashram, Rewaj Performance Arts, Benuka and others performed.
The three-day festival will end today with kathak dance presentations by 11 troupes.
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