Ethnic minority people present diverse dances, songs

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 22:07, Aug 12,2018 | Updated: 23:30, Aug 12,2018

 
 

A troupe presents a dance recital at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday celebrating World Indigenous Day. — New Age photo

Artistes from various ethnic minority groups under the banner of Adibashi Shangskritik Charcha Kendro entertained the audience presenting ethnic dances and songs at a programme held on Saturday at National Art Gallery Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
ASCK organised the programme marking International Day of the World Indigenous People, which was celebrated on August 9.
Over 45 ethnic minority groups with distinctive culture, heritage and lifestyles live across the country.
Artistes from different ethnic groups in their solo and group performances presented ethnic songs and dances representing their distinctive culture.
Artistes from Santal community commenced the programme with a group dance performance titled ‘Dasai’. The artistes presented the dance wearing lungis and white t-shirts.
Santal artiste Hemamalini Murmu presented a solo dance recital titled ‘Santaji’.
Santal artistes lead by Arang sang a traditional santal song titled ‘Santana para ghore’, a devotional song which depicts dawn when roosters crow to wake up humans.
The group also performed songs like Ay horpor bali farforari chali jai and Dulare dulare nena katre.
Besides, artistes of Orao and Muhail ethnic minority groups also performed at the show.
A houseful audience enjoyed the show
‘I want to thank the organisers for arranging a cultural show featuring performances by ethnic minority groups. Such shows can make people aware about the distinctive culture and lifestyles of ethnic groups,’ Marmin Chakma, an audience member told New Age.
The programme also included a discussion.
Primary and mass education minister advocate Mustafizur Rahman was present at the programme as the chief guest. Whip of the Jatiya Sangsad Shahiduzzaman Sarker Bablu was presented as special guest at the show. Chief Advisor of Adibashi Sangskritik Chorcha Kendro Farzana Rahman and president of the organisation Utpol Hadsa, among others, were present at the programme.

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