Cultural troupes celebrated the advent of Sharat presenting songs and dances at Bokultola of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University on Friday.
Satyen Sen Shilpi Gosthi organised the day-long programme titled ‘Sharat Utsab’ that commenced with an Esraj recital by Ashit Biswas.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid was present at the event as the chief guest while vice chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman and president of Shammilito Sangskritik Jote Ghulam Quddus were present as special guests.
Besides, dean of DU fine arts faculty Professor Nisar Hossain, Professor Nigar Chowdhury, Manjar Chowdhury and others were also present at the event.
President of Satyen Sen Shilpi Gosthi Dr Hayat Mahmud presided over the programme.
‘Cultural events are rarely held in rural areas now-a-days. We want to organise such programmes throughout the country,’ said KM Khalid.
Artistes of cultural troupes Shur O Bihar, Satyen Sen Shilpi Gosthi, Rishij Shilpa Goshti, Pancha Bhaskar, Gitanjali and Bonhi Shikha entertained the audience performing the chorus songs Noyon hhulano ele, Dekho dekho shukhtara ankhi mele chay, Eki oporup rupe ma tomay, Shorot aaj kon atithi, Amra bedheshi kashero guccho and Roshe ronge rai rongini.
Artistes of Spandan, Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts, Nrityojon and Shawpno Bikash Kala Kendra respectively presented group dance recitals synchronised with the songs Shishire shishire sharodo akashe, Sharat tomar aruno alor anjali, Shiuli phul shiuli phul and Aaj shorote alor bashi bajlo.
In solos, Salma Akbar sang Tomra ja bolo tai bolo, Bishawjit Roy sang Agomoni gaan shona jay, Priyanka Gope rendered Shiuli phuler mala dole, Anima Roy sang Ebar obogunthono kholo, Abida Rahman Shetu rendered Sharod prate jhiler jole. Besides, Mamun Zahid Khan, Ashikur Rahman, Mahmuda Moumita and Ratna Sarker also performed solo songs.
Ahkam Ullah, Rafikul Islam, Nayla Tarannum Chowdhury Kakoli and Jahirul Alam recited popular poems on nature penned by leading poets.
In the afternoon, artistes of Kendriya Khelaghar Ashor, Bulbul Lalitakala Academy, Udayan and others entertained the audience presenting songs and dances.
Artistes of Benuka Lalit Kala Academy, Bulbul Lalit Kala Academy, Sketch, Bhorer Pakhi Nrityo Kala Kendra, Angikam and others presented group dance recitals.
The artistes were accompanied by Dalim Barua on keyboard, Tulshi Saha and Gautam Majumder on tabla, Badsha on violin and Dipan on guitar.
Besides cultural performances, the event featured drawing competition for school going students and recitation.
‘I have really enjoyed the cultural performances by the artistes. Such shows remind us of our identity, culture and heritage. Programmes like these should be organised more often,’ Shimu Solaiman, an audience member, told New Age.
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