Shilpakala holds workshop on Dhamail dance, song

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 14,2019


Participants pose for a photo at the workshop. — Press Release

A three-day workshop on Dhamail dance and song is under way at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The workshop which has been organised by the academy commenced on July 12.

Devdas Chowdhury Rangan from Sunamganj, the birthplace of Dhamail songs, is conducting classes on Dhamail music while Tulika Ghosh Chowdhury is taking classes on dance.

The three-day workshop comprises five phases.

Fifa Chakma one of the participants at the workshop stated, ‘The fact that Bangladesh has several folk dance forms is unknown to many, and it is extremely important that we learn the dances directly from the practitioners.’

Director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky expressed that the academy is planning to arrange more events like this to promote and popularise various folk dance forms and music.

Dhamail is a ritualistic performance which combines songs and dances and is performed in auspicious occasions. Women move in circle, clapping their hands to the beat of the music, to present songs which mostly relate the love story of Krisha and Radha, while male members sing and play musical instruments. The songs were popularised by Radharaman Dutta, who was born in 1833 in Keshabpur village in Jagannathpur Upazila, Sunamganj District. He wrote and composed over 2,000 songs.  

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