Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy lifted curtain on a two-day cultural festival at Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar beach on Friday.
The festival titled ‘Beach Cultural Festival 2020’ has been organised by BSA for the first time as part of its on-going campaign that aims to promote cultural practices across the country.
Around 500 artistes are participating in the festival, which is featuring music, dance recitals, folk songs, acrobatic shows, performance art shows, cultural performances by ethnic minority groups and others.
The festivities commenced with a procession that was brought out from Sugandha beach, which ended after reaching Laboni Point, the venue of the festival, where a kite flying event was held.
BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky inaugurated the festival in presence of Cox’s Bazar municipality mayor Mujibur Rahman, BSA secretary Md Badrul Anam Bhuiyan and others. Acting deputy commissioner (DC) of Cox’s Bazar Md Ashraful Absar presided over the inaugural ceremony.
BSA acrobatic troupe commenced the cultural show performing various stunts.
Following which, Bandarban-based ethnic minority groups presented traditional dance recitals accompanied by instrumental music.
Artistes from Bawm community presented Shagata Nritya, artistes from Marma community presented Mayur dance and artistes from Chakma community performed Biju dance.
In solos, Md Jahid rendered Modhu hoi hoi bish hawaila and Mehrin Rahabbat Ishfita rendered Prem roshika hobo kemoney, among others.
Besides, BSA artistes rendered group songs to the delight of the audience.
Two 43 feet tall portraits of country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will be exhibited at Laboni Point from today.
‘We have organised the festival as part of our on-going campaign that aims to spread cultural practices among the mass people in all districts and upazilas of the country. A nation cannot prosper if its people have no knowledge about their past history and culture. We will organise this festival regularly from now on,’ Liaquat Ali Lucky told New Age.
The festival will end today.
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