Dancers’ skill need to improve on different dance genres for attracting contemporary viewers who are more exposed to fusion trend, said participants at a seminar organised to celebrate International Dance Day.
Bangladesh Nritya Shilpy Sangstha organised the seminar titled ‘Bangladesher Nrityer Sampratik Prabanata O Bhabishyat’ as part of its week-long International Dance Day celebration programmes that ended at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday. The concluding day’s programmes included a procession, seminar, cultural show and others.
Keynote paper presenter at the seminar associate professor of drama and dramatics at Jahangirnagar University Dr Shoma Mumtaz said dancers need to pay more attention to skill development and worry less about what they are wearing while staging a production as a dance production receives good response from the viewers because of dancers’ skill not because of its costumes.
Analysing the current dance trends Mumtaz said, ‘Dancers should not wear excessively flamboyant attire or ornaments which viewers might find distracting. Besides, dancers should possess sound knowledge of different dance genres when directing and staging fusion dance productions.’
Noted dancer and also president of Bangladesh Nritya Shilpy Sangstha Minu Haq, dancer Tamanna Rahman and advisor of Bangladesh Nritya Shilpy Sangstha and Ekushey-padak winning dancer Aminul Hauque were present as discussants at the seminar.
Minu Haque said, ‘Leaders of different dance troupes should help dancers improve skill and take a stand against the trend of wearing excessively flamboyant costumes and ornaments while performing on stage.’
Tamanna Rahman said, ‘A dance artiste should not wear such attire which might distract the viewer.’
Aminul Hauque said, ‘Dance directors should not attempt to direct fusion dance production unless they posses sound knowledge of different dance genres.’
Dance artiste and leader of dance troupe Kathak Saju Ahmed, cultural secretary of Bangladesh Nritya Shilpy Sangstha Nilufer Wahid Papri and secretary of Bangladesh Nritya Shilpy Sangstha SK Mafujur Rahman, among others, were present at the seminar.
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