The 5th nationwide dance competition jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association ended on Sunday through an awards programme held at Music and Dance Centre of BSA.
A total of 150 talented dancers were awarded prizes in seven categories: creative, folk dance, dance recitals glorifying liberation war, manipuri, kathak, oddisi and bharatnatyam.
State minister for ministry of woman and child affairs Meher Afroz Chumki distributed prizes among the recipients as the chief guest and acting secretary of ministry of woman and child affairs Mahafuzur Rahaman was presented as special guest at the programme. President of Bangladesh Dance Artistes Organisation Minu Haque and its cultural
secretary Nilufar Wahid, among others, were present at the programme, which was presided over by BSA director general Liquat Ali Lucky.
The closing ceremony also featured dance recitals.
Rangpur-based dancers entertained the audience presenting a folk dance synchronised with the song Aji jhoro jhoro mukhoro badolo dine, child artistes from Moulvibazar performed a group dance recital synchronised with the song Ek sagor rokter binimoye and Bagura-based dancers presented a group dance recital synchronised with the song Ghor lorbor kore amar ghor lorbor kore.
Over 1500 budding dancers from across the country participated in the dance competition that was launched on July 22.
Dancers aged between 5 and 25 participated in the competition. Entries were divided into three age-groups: Ka (age 5-10), Kha (age 11-17) and Ga (age 18-25).
The participants selected from the divisional phase participated in the national level competition held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from July 26-28.
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