Cultural activists demand better performances from the government agencies to make the cultural arena vibrant in 2018 to overcome challenges like socio-economic and political turmoil.
They expect that the government agencies responsible for promoting culture activities play take effective policies and execute those efficiently to organise more festivals, patronise troupes and artistes and solve problems like piracy and royalty sharing.
Otherwise, they observe, situation may deteriorate and stagnancy might be created in the cultural arena. They observe that 2018 would be more challenging compared to 2017 as political turmoil might arise ahead of the general elections.
‘We want government agencies and private organisations function more effectively to keep the cultural arena vibrant. The government should meet the demands of the cultural activists and at the same time ensure security of all the citizens for continuation of cultural activities,’ thespian Mamunur Rashid said.
‘We want that the government help us introduce professionalism and decentralise Dhaka-based theatre practice so that youths show interest in theatre and other cultural activities,’ said Mamun, adding that such initiatives would help the government to tackle rise of militancy and other social problems.
Artist Nisar Hossain also opines that cultural arena might face challenges in 2018, unless the government agencies and private organisations run smoothly and effectively.
He expects efficiency from the people holding the helm positions in the government agencies for successfully holding major art shows scheduled to be organised in 2018,
including, Asian Art Biennale, National Young Artists’ Art Exhibition and Dhaka Art Summit with limited fund.
The struggling film industry of the country demands the government solves problems like release of Indian films in different ways, which ultimately shrinking jobs of local artistes and directors.
‘We also hope the government take strong stance against piracy and help revive the sick industry by taking holistic measures,’ said Bangladesh Film Directors Association president Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar.
Director Tauqir hopes more talents would emerge to take film industry ahead.
Welcoming the move of launching of a dedicated children’s channel Duranta in 2017, Directors’ Guild president Gazi Rakayet, said, ‘We must address several issues which are pulling the standard down for our own existence.’
Musicians said they could not capitalise the benefit of digital release of the albums as
the producers have been depriving artistes to get due royalty.
‘The government should take immediate step to solve the problem for survival of the musicians in the globalised era’, said Bangladesh Musical Bands Association general secretary Foad Naser Babu.
Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association president Minu Haque expects more patronisation from government for the existence of the troupes.
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