Artistes of visiting Chinese troupe Jiangdu Spring Drum Art Troupe enthralled the Dhaka audience with their captivating drum beats at a programme held at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday.
China-Bangladesh Friendship Centre, Confucius Institute and Music Department of Dhaka University in association with Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised the programme marking the Chinese New Year.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present as the chief guest at the programme. China-Bangladesh Friendship Centre president Delwar Hossain, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Charge d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy Chen Wei, among others, were also present at the event as guests.
‘The Bangladeshi audience always enjoys performances by visiting Chinese troupes. Every year at least two Chinese troupes perform in Bangladesh and Bangladeshi troupes perform in China under the cultural exchange programmes between Bangladesh and China’, said Asaduzzaman Noor.
Following the short speeches, 12 male and female artistes of Jiangdu Spring Drum Art Troupe took the stage.
The artistes of the visiting troupe presented a total of 12 choreographed drum recitals on different themes to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The troupe began their performance with a recital titled ‘Rhythms of Drums’. The artistes, beating traditional Chinese drums of different sizes, produced roaring sounds depicting a sea storm with a video clip of stormy sea screened in the background.
The second recital titled ‘Rolling Walnuts’ depicted the desire to be at home during festivals.
The third recital titled ‘Rhythms of the Yellow River’ was based on the Yellow River, which is known as the mother river by all the Chinese people. The 5,464-kilometer Yellow River is the second longest in China after the Yangtze River which is also known as the mother river in China as the Chinese civilization is believed to have originated from the river. While presenting the recital, the artistes produced soothing sounds resembling that of the water flowing in the river.
The troupe also presented recitals like Flying Dragon Leaping Tiger, Boatmen of the Yellow River and others to the delight of the audience.
Besides, students and teachers of music department of Dhaka University also presented two recitals titled ‘Journey through Rhythm I and II’ using musical instruments like tabla, flute, harmonium, ghatam, percussion and others.
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