A week-long Victory Festival on Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises is attracting a huge crowd.
The academy has organised the festival marking the 48th Victory Day, which was celebrated on December 16.
Former Dhaka University vice chancellor professor AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the festival on December 21 as the chief guest, while thespian Ataur Rahman and Jahangirnagar University drama and dramatics department professor Dr Afsar Ahmed were present as special guests at the inaugural ceremony presided over by BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
A documentary titled ‘Amar Bangabandhu’ and a short film titled ‘Galpo Sangkhep’ were screened on the opening day.
Later, BSA artistes presented a group dance recital synchronised with patriotic songs like Daam diye kinechhi Bangla and Shonai bandhaila nao.
Dibbo Sanskritik Sangathan artistes presented group dance recitals with songs like Akti Bangladesh tumi jagrata janata and Bashanta batashe shoi go bashanta batashe.
The festival commences everyday with film screening at 4:30pm.
Films that won Best Film Award (documentary) and Best Film Award (short) in the second edition of Bangladesh Short and Documentary Film Festival are being screened at the event.
The festival is featuring short films like Ghran directed by SM Kamrul Ahsan, Kabi Swamir Mriyur Por Amar Jobanbandi directed by Tasmiah Afrin Mou and documentaries including Aminul Haque’s Operation Jackpot, Jhumur Asma Jui’s Putul Purana and Farid Ahmed’s Lal Sabujer Dipabali.
Besides film screenings, the event is featuring theatre shows, jatra, music, dance and others.
Dance troupes Nrittam, Nritya Katha, Dhriti, Nandanik and Benuka Latitakala Academy are participating in the festival.
Samir Baul, Kiron Chandra Roy, Sharif Shadhu, Abida Sultana Shetu have rendered folk songs at the event.
Besides, Moinul Islam, Sheikh Jasim, Roksana Rupsa and others presented modern songs.
Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC staged its acclaimed plays Kalratri and Batighar, both of which are based on Lamisha Shirin Sharmin’s short stories.
BSA Acrobatic Troupe entertained the audience presenting acrobatic shows.
‘I am overwhelmed to see that BSA has organised a week-long festival marking the Victory Day. Our children can be enlightened about the Bengali culture through these kinds of events,’ Simin Khan, an audience member, told New Age.
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