Artistes entertained the audience presenting traditional Ashtak Pala on Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises on the 14th day of on-going Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020 on Thursday.
Ashtak Pala features traditional songs and dance recitals. It is performed by Bengali Hindus during Chaitra Sankranti and other occasions. The songs portray stories about Hindu deities. The traditional form is known by different names at different parts of the country. It is known as Ashtak Gaan in Kushtia while in Barishal it is known as Ashtak Geet.
The pala staged on Thursday comprised Chandidas Rajakini, Abhimanyu Bor, Halai Gaan. The performers were led by Suklal Mandal.
Ratan Basar, Manjila Goldar, Diren Bawali, Kamalesh Basar, Anupam Biswas, Sagar Mallick and others staged the pala.
The artistes were accompanied by Trishan Biswas on harmonium, Swapan Mallick on dhol, Shamar Mallick on flute and Sagar Das Basar on mandira.
Earlier, the day’s programme commenced with rendition of the national anthem. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Acrobatic Troupe performed various stunts and special children performed dance recitals.
Artistes of recitation troupe Bak Shilpangan staged a recitation production, which was directed by Azharul Haque Azad.
Besides, artistes from Bhola, Satkhira, Jhenaidah and Sunamganj delighted the audience performing dances, songs, instrumental recitals and others.
Four documentaries on Bhola, Satkhira, Jhenaidah and Sunamganj were also screened at the programme.
The second edition of Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020, which began on January 3, will end on January 23. Over five thousand artistes from 64 districts of the country are participating in the festival.
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