Shilpakala celebrates 47th founding anniversary

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 23:02, Feb 19,2021


Spandan performs instrumental recital, above, dancers present a group dance recital at the Nandan Mancha of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy marking the academy’s 47th founding anniversary on Friday. — Sony Ramany/ press release

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy celebrated its 47th founding anniversary organising day-long programmes at its Nandan Mancha and National Art Gallery on Friday.

The event featured discussion, cultural shows, exhibition and others.

Bangladesh Shilpkala Academy officials lifted the curtain on the 47th anniversary celebration programmes hoisting the national flag and the academy’s flag at 10:00am. A week-long exhibition featuring activities of different departments of the academy was inaugurated at 4:00 pm at Gallery-2 and Gallery-3 of the National Art Gallery.

The academy organised a discussion and vibrant cultural show at its Nandan Mancha in the evening where Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy secretary Nowshad Hossain gave the welcome speech.

The programme commenced with rendition of the national anthem.

State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid was present as chief guest at the programme, which was presided over by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.

‘I welcome all who have joined us today for celebrating the 47th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on February 19, 1974 issuing a gazette notification. He aimed at furthering the country’s art and culture scenes alongside strengthening the economy. The academy has successfully completed its 47-year-long -journey with carrying out his dreams,’ said Nowshad Hossain.

‘Back then, the academy’s activities were limited to the district headquarters but nowadays the academy has been running its activities in 493 upazilas across the country. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s director general, directors and other officials have been executing their duties with competence. The academy has formed a guideline for jatra artistes, introduced Puppet Dance Award and Shilpakala Padak. They have been gradually expanding their activities. I wish the academy all the best,’ said KM Khalid.

‘Artistes have always played a vital role in all movements including the language movement and War of Independence. I urge all to pay respect to the artistes. We have already introduced Shilpakala Padak and District Shilpakala Sammanana. We have been working hard to implement the dreams of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. We are currently constructing a 700 seat auditorium at the academy’s Music and Dance Centre under the patronisation of the cultural affairs ministry,’ said Liaquat Ali Lucky.

The cultural programme began with popular band Spandan performing instrumental recitals.

Child artistes of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy rendered Dhanya mujib dhanya and Amra natun joubaner dut.

Farhana Chowdhury Baby, Anik Bose, Shahidul Islam Babu, Smita Dey and Munmun performed a group dance recital synchronised with the patriotic song Himalay theke sunderban. Nilufar Wahid Papri and Sazu Ahmed performed a kathak dance recital, Dipa Khandaker, Selina Haque and Sultana Haider performed a dhamail dance, Tamanna Rahman, Subrata and Arthy performed a manipuri dance recital, Minu Haque, Benjir Salam, Maietri Sarkar and Jasim performed odissi dance, Afrina Afroj Chowdhury, Lubna and Shamim performed kathakali dance, Rachel Priyanka Perris, Laboni and Mousumi performed gaudiya dance and Baby Rozario, Belayet Hossain and Salma Begum Munni performed bharatanatyam.

The performances were co-ordinated by Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association president Minu Haque.

Renowned recitation artiste Shimul Mustapha recited poems penned by leading poets to the delight of the audience.

Artistes of Nrityanchal presented a dance recital synchronised with the song Nao chhariya de. It was directed by acclaimed dancer-choreographer Shamim Ara Nipa.

Besides, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy acrobatic troupe performed cap dance, high cycle balance, cycle balance, blanket balance and others.

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