Different Dhaka-based dance troupes paid tribute to late eminent dancer Bulbul Chowdhury through colourful dance recitals at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Nirtya Shilpi Sangstha jointly organised the programme marking 99th birth anniversary of Bulbul Chowdhury.
The programme featured discussion, awarding of Bulbul Chowdhury Padak and performances by Dhaka-based dance troupes.
Eminent expatriate dance artiste Dulal Talukder and local prominent dancers including Laila Hasan, Amanul Haque, Golam Mostafa Khan and Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association president Minu Haque, among others, were present at the programme.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the occasion.
Late dance artiste Ramakanta Singh was posthumously honoured with Bulbul Chowdhury Padak at the programme. Ramakanta’s daughter Namita Chowdhury received the award on behalf of her father.
The discussants spoke about Bulbul Chowdhury’s contribution to the dance scene.
‘Bulbul Chowdhury could have given much more to the dance arena had he not met with an untimely death at the age of 35. It was unfortunate to lose a great artiste like him’, said Amanul Haque.
‘Bulbul Chowdhury was a multitalented person. He was a writer, a painter and a dancer at the same time’, said Laila Hasan.
Following the discussion, dance troupe Pallavi, Dibya Sangskritik Sangathan, Kathak Nritya Sampraday, Nrityam, Nandanik, Spandan, Nataraj, Nandan Kala Kendra, Benuka, Nrityalok, Angikam, Jhankar, BSA Repertory and others presented classical, semi classical and folk dance recitals.
Nataraj artistes presented a recital synchronised with the song Aloker Ei Jharna Dharay, while Spandan artistes presented a folk dance synchronised with a folk song Hawra Nau-er Majhi.
Bulbul Chowdhury was born on January 1 in 1919 in Chittagong. He wrote and choreographed 70 dance dramas during his short career spanning over twenty years.
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