A four-day international dance festival featuring performances by local and foreign dancers titled ‘Ocean Dance Festival 2019’ commenced on Friday at Mermaid Eco-Resort in Cox’s Bazar.
The festival has been organised by Nrityajog, the Bangladesh Chapter of World Dance Alliance – Asia Pacific (WDA-AP).
A total of 119 local and 81 foreign dancers, teachers, researchers and choreographers from fifteen countries are participating in the festival, which is featuring dance shows, seminars, workshops and others.
American dance artiste Ananya Chatterjea commenced the festival presenting a dance recital. Following which, artistes of Nayeem Khan Dance Company performed a chorus dance synchronised with instrumental recitals.
Performances by Taiwanese dancer Huang yu Ting, Indian dancer Meghna Bhardwaj, local dancers Anindita Khan and Moumita Joya and local dance troupes Sadhona Cultural Centre, Kalpataru and others gave the audience a glimpse into diverse dance genres.
Besides, artistes from Lithuania, Canada, India, Hong Kong and Bangladesh presented duet dance recitals.
State minister for cultural affairs K M Khalid inaugurated the festival as the chief guest. WDA-AP president Urmila Sarkar, general secretary
of Nrityajog, vice-president of WDA-AP and principal curator of the festival Lubna Marium, former president of World Dance Alliance Yunyu Wang, executive committee members of ‘Ocean Dance Festival’ Laila Hasan, Belayet Hossain Khan, Soma Mamtaz, Munmun Ahmed, Tabassum Ahmed and Tamanna Rahman, among others, were present at the inaugural ceremony.
‘We want to send a powerful message across the globe through the festival. I thank you all who have worked hard for organising the event. I also thank the participants for their contribution to the festival,’ said Urmila Sarkar.
A video message from internationally acclaimed British-Bangladeshi dancer Akram Khan was played at the inaugural ceremony.
On Saturday, the festival featured seminars, workshop, keynote speech presentation and dance performances.
The festival will end on November 25.
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