Nationwide dance competition begins

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 20:07, Jul 22,2018


Over 1500 budding dancers from across the country are participating in a nationwide dance competition that began simultaneously in eight divisions of the country on Saturday.

Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy have jointly organised the competition for the fifth consecutive year to promote dance across the country and discover talented dancers in six categories: creative, manipuri, kathak, oddisi, bharatnatyam and folk dance.

Dancers aged between 6 and 25 are participating in the competition. Entries have been divided into three age-groups: Ka (age 6-10), Kha (age 11-15) and Ga (age 16-25).

Eminent dance artistes Laila Hasan, Amanul Haque, Zinat Barkatullah and Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association president Minu Haque inaugurated the competition on Saturday morning at a rehearsal room of Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The divisional phase of the competition will end tomorrow. The participants selected from the divisional phase will participate in the national level competition to be held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from July 26-28.

‘The top ten dancers in each category will receive awards and certificates at an awards programme held on July 29’, said Nilufer Wahid Papri, convener of the competition organising competition.

‘We have been organising the nationwide dance competition since 2014 to promote dance and introduce talented dancers in the country’s dance scene’, said Minu Haque, president of Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association.

‘There are many talented dancers across the country. By organising the competition we want to provide a platform for budding dancers to showcase their talents,’ she added.

This year’s competition has been dedicated to late renowned dancer-choreographer Rahija Khanam Jhunu.

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