Clad in colourful attires and flowers, hundreds of people, mostly the youths, thronged Dhaka University’s Bakultala on Tuesday morning to enjoy songs, dance recitals and poems glorifying Pahela Phalgun, the advent of spring.
The programme, organised by Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad for the 23rd consecutive year, featured group and solo performances by renowned and young artistes of different cultural organisations.
Seasoned artistes like Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Salma Akbar, Priyanka Gope, Mahiuzzaman Moyna, Ratchel Priyanka Perris and others performed at the event.
In addition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised a three-day celebration programme welcoming spring at its open stage. The programme commenced with a chorus rendition of Tagore’s spring song Ore Vai Phagun Legechhe Bone Bone in the morning.
Artistes of Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad, music departments of Dhaka Univerisity and Jagannath University presented songs, while artistes of different dance troupes like Dhriti Nrityanalaya, Nrityanandan and Bagladesh Shilpakala Academy repertory presented dance recitals synchronised with songs glorifying spring season at the programme.
The programme titled ‘Basanta Utsab’ at Bakultala of faculty of fine arts commenced in the morning with a solo guitar recital by Dipan Sarkar, who played basanta bahar, a melodious raga that celebrates spring the king of all seasons, on guitar.
Singers Parvez and Sushanta presented morning raga ahir bhairabi, while dancer Ratchel Priyanka Perris entertained the audience presenting gaudiya dance recital.
Season Rabindra Sangeet singers Salma Akbar and Fahim Hossain Chowdhury rendered Tagore’s spring songs like Aha Aji E Basante and Aji Madhur Basanta, respectively, Biman Chandra Biswas sang Basanta Batase Sai Go, a folk song of Shah Abdul Karim and Sumon Majumder rendered a Nazrul song Phaguner Elo Marshum.
Besides, artistes of different organisations like Dhriti Nrityanalaya, Nrityam, Nrityanandan, Spandan and others presented dance recitals synchronised with songs glorifying spr ing at the programme.
The second session of the programme featuring songs, recitations and dance recitals was held simultaneously at three venues- Bakultala of faculty of fine arts, Rabindra Sarobar in Dhanmondi and Bahadur Shah Park in old Dhaka- in the afternoon.
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