Leading dance troupes paid tribute to Ekushey Padak-winning late eminent dancer Rahiza Khanom Jhunu at a programme held at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The programme, titled ‘Nritya Ghurumata Rahiza Khanom Jhunu-er Ditio Pranayan Din-er Sraddhargha Nibedan’, was organised by Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association marking second death anniversary of Rahiza Khanom Jhunu, who passed away on November 26, 2017.
Around 80 artistes from 17 organisations paid homage to Jhunu performing dance recitals synchronised with timeless songs penned by national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and others.
Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Academy of Fine arts, Spandan, Pallavi Dance Centre, Nataraj, Nrityakkhar, Nrityajan, Jhankar, Angikam, Parashmani Kalakendra and others participated in the programme.
The programme began with a colourful dance recital synchronised with Tagore song Phule phule dhole dhole by child artistes of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts.
Noted dance artistes like Laila Hasan, Amanul Haque, Golam Mostafa, Saju Ahmed, Farzana Chowdhury, Farhana Chowdhury Baby, Tamanna Haque, Warda Rehab, Anik Bosh, Selina Haque, Sadia Islam Mou and others attended the programme, presided over by president of Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association Minu Haque.
‘Rahiza Khanom Jhunu inspires countless women to persuade dance. She took up dancing at a time when women had very little freedom in society,’ said Minu Haque.
‘Rahiza Khanom Jhunu was known as Nrityaguru Mata. She dedicated her entire life for promoting dance and teaching upcoming dancers,’ said Saju Ahmed.
‘Jhunu taught almost all the contemporary dancers of the country. She used to treat her pupils as her own children,’ said Laila Hasan.
Following the discussion, child artistes of Spandan presented a chorus dance performance synchronised with the song Alo amar alo and child artistes of Nataraj performed with a nursery rhyme O pushi nao dudh diyechhi khao.
Nrityajan artistes performed with Nazrul songs Sandhya malati jobe phulobone jhure, Phuler jalsay nirab keno, while Nrityakkhar artistes presented recitals synchronised with popular Tagore songs Tumi robe nirobe, Phule phule dole dole and Chitto jetha bhayshunyo.
Besides, Kasturi Mukharjee, Anik Bose, Shahidul Islam, Smita Dey, Moon Moon Biswas, Tofayel Ahmed, Subrata Kumar Das, Onidrila Chakravarty, Antu Majumder and others artistes of Spandan performed at the programme.
Ekushey Padak-winning dance artiste Rahiza Khanom Jhunu was born on June 21, 1943. She was passionate about dance since her childhood days and performed on stage for the first time when she was a student of class five. Back then not many girls could dream about becoming a dancer because of the then conservative society. Luckily for Jhunu, she had her family’s support and was enrolled in Bulbul Lalitakala Academy In 1956. She later on became principle of BAFA. Jhunu also served as president of Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association.
Many eminent dancers of today were once students of Jhunu. The artiste received Ekushey Padak in 1990 for her contribution to the dance scene of the country.
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