The newly appointed staff artistes of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy presented diverse songs and dance recitals at a programme organised by the academy at its Music and Dance Centre on Monday.
In the one and half hours show, the young but talented artistes in their maiden presentation offered the golden treasures of Bangla songs to delight the audience.
They rendered Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, Lalon Geeti and several other traditional songs composed by renowned bards.
The dancers performed with both live and recorded songs.
The show began with presentation of Rabindranath Tagore’s romantic song glorifying the monsoon Mon mor meghero sangi by a chorus.
The female dancers dressed like the peacocks performed with the song in slow tempo to symbolise the beautiful birds’ urge for the rain.
It was followed by a beautiful duet presentation of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s romantic song Mor ghumo ghore elo monohar by Abida Rahman Setu and Himadri Roy.
Male dancers performed synchronised with popular song of greater Sylhet region Sonar bandhaila nao.
Sohanur Rahman’s presentation of Amar moto eto sukhi was impressive while Roksana Aktar Rupsa could touch the heart by rendering Ukil Munshi’s popular song Asharh maisha bhasha panire.
Hirok Sarkar dressed like a nomad biashnab rendered Lalon’s song Tin pagole holo mela.
In a duet presentation, Suchitra Rani Sutradhar and Rafi Talukdar sang a traditional song Kha kha bokkhilare.
The chorus presented popular folk song Holudiya pakhi sonari boron.
The dancers performed synchronised with a medley of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s inspirational song Karar oi laoho kopat and poem Bolo bir chiro uttanto momo shir.
Their experimental folk dance presentation with another medley of popular folk songs to represent the traditional culture was interesting.
The show ended with a chorus dance recital based on a patriotic song titled ‘Buker bhitar swapna niye’.
Senior musicians of the academy like flutist Maniruzzaman, tabla player Syed Meher Hossain and others also performed with the newly appointed artistes.
Earlier, the academy’s director general Liaquat Ali Lucky expressed his intention of creating a national repertory by grooming the aspiring artistes.
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