Dance troupe Spandan celebrated its 24th founding anniversary through a colourful programme held at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.
Dancers, donning colourful outfits, premiered Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama Shapmochan at the programme.
Shapmochan, directed and choreographed by Minu Haque, depicts the story of artiste couple Sourasen and Madhushree, who were born on earth after being banished from heaven by Hindu deity Lord Indra.
When Indra gets angry with Sourasen and banishes him from heaven Madhushree requests Indra to banish her as well.
Indra also curses that Sourasen would be born as an ugly man on earth.
Indra banishes Sourasen and Madhushree and imposes the condition that if Madhushree falls in love with Sourasen’s inner beauty on Earth both of them would be allowed back into heaven.
Sourasen and Madhushree are born on Earth as king Aruneshwar and princess Kamolika, respectively. The two get married. To hide his true appearance Aruneshwar decides to visit Kamolika only at night. One day Kamolika sees Aruneshwar's face and leaves the palace.
However, Kamolika gets enticed by the beautiful sound of the veena played by Aruneshwar and falls in love with the inner beauty of Aruneshwar. Both of them are redeemed thereby from Indra’s curse. They regain their form and return to heaven.
Besides the premiere show of Shapmachon, the event also featured a discussion and certificate distribution ceremony.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present as the chief guest at the programme, while Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association president Minu Haque, among others, were present as special guests.
Spandan president Rezaur Rahman Sinha presided over the programme.
‘I congratulate Spandan for successfully completing 24 years as a dance organisation. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours’, said Noor, adding that the cultural affairs ministry is keen to support dance troupes and organisations.
‘Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is going to organise a classical music and dance festival very soon to inspire classical artistes across the country. Moreover, we are planning to organise an international classical dance festival’, added Noor.
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