Different government and cultural organisations welcomed Bangla New Year 1425, and bid adieu to Bangla year 1424 organising different programmes in Dhaka and across the country.
Following the age-old traditions, urban organisations in their Pahela Baishakh and Chitra Sankranti celebrations programmes included traditional music and performances along with recitations, contemporary songs, dance and others.
Viewers attiring colourful sairs and Punjabis joined the celebrations.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, Chhayanaut, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Shurer Dhara organised various programmes at different venues in the capital.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised special programmes at its open field in the afternoon and National Theatre Hall in the evening celebrating Pahela Baishakh on Saturday.
The programmes featured lathi khela (tricks with sticks), music, dance and acrobatic show. Besides, BSA also held programmes, in association with different organizations, at Mirpur, Uttara and old Dhaka in the morning.
Manikganj-based artistes began the programme at BSA open field presenting traditional lathi khela (tricks with sticks).
A Chapai Nawabganj -based troupe presented a gambhira satirising aggression of foreign culture and BSA repertory acrobatic team performed acrobatics to the delight of the audience.
Artistes of Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad began the programme at National Theatre Hall in the evening singing Rajanikanta Sen’s Tumi nirmalo koro.
Recitation artiste Jayanta Chattopadhyay recited Rabindranath Tagore’s poem Baishakh, which glorifies the first month of Bangla New Year. Rabindra Sangeet singer Anima Roy rendered a Tagore song Oi baishakh asey, while Nazrul Sangeet singer Priyanka Gope rendered a Nazrul song Meghbihin kharo baishakh.
Besides, Rafiqul Alam, Kangalini Sufia and Saidur Rahman Boyati also performed at the programme.
Artistes of different dance troupes presented colourful dance recitals synchronised with songs glorifying Baishakh like Eso hey Baishakh, Baishakhi jhar elo, Boshekhete rong makhabi ke ke ay and Bajere dhol baje.
Music school Shurer Dhara welcomed Bangla New Year 1425 through a programme held on Bangbandhu International Conference Centre premises on Saturday.
Titled ‘Hajar Kanthe Barsho Baran’, the programme commenced at the crack of dawn with a sarod recital.
One thousand artistes, led by renowned Tagore singer and director of Shurer Dhara Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, performed at the programme.
Bangla Academy welcomed Bangla New Year 1425 through a programme featuring discussion and cultural show held at its Rabindra Chattar.
Director general of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan, essayist and researcher Abul Momen were present at the programme as discussants. Language movement veteran Ahmad Rafique presided over the programme.
Following the discussion, students of Government Music College, led by professor Kristi Hefaz, rendered songs.
Besides, Bangla Academy has organised a ten-day event titled‘Book Aarong’featuring books published by the academy and Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation in association with Bangla Academy has organised a ten-day Baishakhi fair, which was inaugurated by industries minister Amir Hossain Amu.
The fair, held on the academy premises, features traditional sweets, books, craft items and others.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote organised a cultural programme at Dhanmondi’s Rabindra Sarobar welcoming Baishakh in the evening.
The cultural programme began with instrumental recitals on flute, dotara, mandira, dhol and others.
Artistes in chorus, led by Rabindra Sangeet singer Mahadev Gosh, presented popular Tagore song Banglar mati banglar jol.
Banhishikha artistes like Srabboni Guha, Samir Baul, Roy and others rendered songs and Rezina Wali Lina recited poem.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy bid adieu to Bangla Year 1424 organising Chaitra Sangkranti programmes at it open field and Experimental Theatre Hall on Friday
The programme at the open field featured traditional lathi khela (tricks with sticks) by Kishoreganj-based troupe, folk-songs, and palagaan.
Chapai Nawabganj-based troupe Roskosh staged gambhira, while Kustia-based troupe Padmar Nachon presented palagaan.
The programme at Experimental Theatre Hall began with a sarod recital by Ustad Shahadat Hossain Khan.
Different artistes, dance troupes and theatre troupes presented songs, dance recitals and plays. Prominent dancers like Warda Rehab, Anik Bosh, Deepa Khandokar and others presented solo dance recitals. The programme was organised jointly by BSA and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
Besides, district administrations and cultural organisations in different districts like Barisal, Pabna and elsewhere celebrated Pahela Baishakh organising Mangal Shobhajatra, cultural shows, crafts fair and others.
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