Udichi holds show marking Independence Day

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:48, Mar 22,2018


Udichi artistes perform on Wednesday at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi celebrated the 48th Independence Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, through a cultural show featuring discussion, songs, dance recitals and recitation on Wednesday at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Dhaka City branch of Udichi organised the programme.

Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim, Udichi vice-president professor Badiur Rahman, Udichi general secretary Jamshed Anwar Tapan and Indian dancer-researcher Dr Mahua Mukhopaddhay were present as discussants at the programme.

Udichi Dhaka city branch president Kazi Mohammad Shish presided over the discussion.

The independence we won in 1971 after a nine-month long war is our biggest achievement. We should keep protesting at violation of human rights, said Mujahidul Islam Selim.

Following the discussion, artistes of Udichi Dhaka city branch staged a colourful dance production based on famous singer-composer Hemanga Biswas’s poem Shankhachil. Directed by Mahua Mukhopaddhay, the production depicts the devastating aftermath of nuclear blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki from a brahminy kite’s perspective. The bird flies over the destroyed cities and tells the story.

Recitation artistes of Udichi then presented a recitation production titled ‘Ekti Manchitrer Golpo’ which featured poems depicting people’s desire for independence, patriotism and freedom struggle by major poets like Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Shamsur Rahman, Subhash Mukhopadhyay and others.

The programme ended with a show of dance drama Bhalobasa O Proshantir Prithibi, which featured dance recitals synchronised with traditional and people’s songs like Manush chhara khepare tui, Jedi Hindu Musalman, Agey ki sundor din kataitam, Jibon khuje pabi, Gram theke jege utho and others.

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