A weeklong dance festival marking the International Dance Day began at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy with presentation of colourful dance recitals presented by different troupes of the capital city on Monday.
Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association, in collaboration with BSA, has organised the festival that will end on April 29, when the International Dance Day is celebrated across the globe.
The weeklong festival will feature performances by troupes from across the country, seminar on contemporary dance, display of dance attires and ornaments at makeshift stalls and handover of Nrityamata Rahijha Khanam Jhunu Memorial Award, a latest inclusion, said the organisers.
Ekushey Padak winning dance artiste Laila Hasan inaugurated the festival at the National Theatre Hall of the academy in presence of artistes from different troupes.
Kabirul Islam Ratan, Anisul Islam Hiru, Saju Ahmed, Tamanna Rahman, International Theatre Institute Bangladesh Centre vice-president professor Abdus Selim and former director of Bangladesh Television Laila Haque spoke at the discussion session, presided over by Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association president Minu Haque.
‘Dance is an indispensible part of our culture which has been practiced for centuries. With time, many dance styles and forms have evolved and our artistes have absorbed them. On the International Dance Day, we the dance artistes celebrate dance in its widest varieties across the world’, said Laila Hasan.
Child and young artistes of different troupes like Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts, Pallavi Dance Centre, Nataraj, Nrityakkhar, Nrityajan, Jhankar, Angikam and others performed.
Child artistes of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts danced with patriotic song Kankchanpa dhan, while child artistes of Nataraj performed with a nursery rhyme O pushi nao dudh diyechhi khao.
Nrityajan artistes performed with Tagore’s signature song welcoming Bangla New Year Eso hey baishakh, while Nrityakkhar artistes presented a recital synchronised with popular Tagore song Phule phule dhale dhale.
The next six days of the festival will be held at National Art Gallery Auditorium.
The organisers also informed that dancer and choreographer Selina Haque will receive the first Nrityagurumata Rahijha Khanam Jhunu Memorial Award on the concluding day of the festival.
Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association has introduced the award this year after the name of late eminent dance artiste Rahijha Khanam Jhunu who died in November, 2017, they said.
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