Today is the 64th death anniversary of country’s pioneering modern dancer Bulbul Chowdhury.
Rashid Ahmed Chowdhury, known by his stage name Bulbul Chowdhury, was a Bengali dancer of British India and later East Pakistan. He earned fame at home and abroad as a dancer overcoming the onslaught of conservative Muslim community.
Chowdhury was born in Chittagong on January 1 in 1919. While studying in Kolkata, he came in contact with reputed artistes like sarod player Santosh Chandra, composer Timir Baran Bhattacharya and dancers Uday Shankar and Sadhana Bose that motivated him to be a dancer.
He got the break in 1936 after performing with danseuse Sadhana Bose in Tagore’s dance drama Kach O Devajani. Subsequently, he took the pseudonym Bulbul Chowdhury.
He established Calcutta Culture Centre on 31 March in 1941. After the partition he settled in Dhaka and was declared as the national dancer of Pakistan in 1949. Between 1950 and 1952, Chowdhury performed in dance concerts across Pakistan. In 1953, with his troupe, he visited many European countries including Britain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and France.
In his career spanning over two decades, Chowdhury wrote and choreographed 70 dance dramas.
Bulbul Chowdhury won the first prize for painting in an art competition held at Manikganj in 1934. He was also a writer. He passed away on May 17 in 1954 after suffering from cancer.
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