Beach Festival 2020

Ethnic minority artistes enchant audience on concluding day

Tanzil Rahaman . Cox’s Bazar | Published: 23:57, Jan 25,2020


Artistes of Pankhua ethnic minority community perform at Beach Festival 2020 at Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar beach on Saturday. — Press release

Artistes from different ethnic minority communities entertained the audience performing traditional dances on the concluding day of two-day Beach Festival 2020 at Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar beach on Saturday.

Artistes from Pankhua community staged Pushpa Nritya, Lusai community performed Jibon Dhara Nritya, Chak community performed Jhum Nritya, Khiyang community staged Machhdhora Nritya and Tanchanga community staged Jugal Nritya.

Pushpa Nritya is performed at Pankhua weddings. Hiary Angela Bwam, who belongs to Pankhua community, shared her experience of participating in the beach festival.

‘I feel honoured to represent my culture at the festival, which is a big platform. It has been a great learning experience for me. I thank Bangladesh Shilpkala Academy for organising the festival,’ said Hiary Angela Bwam.

‘I have been performing Pushpa Nritya for more than seven years. I learnt the dance form from my teacher Chaw Thwe Pure Marma, who is also the cultural officer at Khudra Nreegosthir Sangskritik Institute,’ added Bwam.

Lili Pure Marma, who belongs to Lusia community, performed at the festival on Saturday. She wants to promote Jibon Dhara Nritya across the country.

‘We perform Jibon Dhara Nritya for greeting guests when they arrive. I have been performing the dance form for more than three years. It originated from lifestyle of Marma ethnic minority community. I want to promote the dance form across the country,’ said Lili Pure Marma.

Besides, artistes from ethnic minority communities namely Bawm, Marma, Chakma and others performed on the opening day of the beach festival on Friday.

The troupes participated in the festival under the supervision of Khudra Nreegosthir Sangskritik Institute, which has been working to promote the traditional dance forms.

When contacted, Khudra Nreegosthir Sangskritik Institute cultural officer Chaw Thwe Pure Marma, said, ‘A total of ten ethnic minority communities participated in the two-day beach festival. I thank BSA for providing a platform for ethnic minority communities to showcase their culture. We have been working for years for promoting these tradition dance forms across the country.’

The concluding day of the festival commenced with an acrobatic show.

Artistes of BSA Acrobatic Troupe performed Pipe balance, Diabo balance and Rope round.

Following which, BSA artistes presented colourful dance recitals synchronised with popular songs. They also rendered popular patriotic and folk songs. Besides, Chattogram-based artistes presented songs and dance recitals.

Around 500 artistes participated in the two-day Beach Festival 2020, which was organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy for the first time. The festival featured music, dance recitals, folk songs, acrobatic shows, performance art shows, cultural performances by ethnic minority communities and others.

Besides, two 43 feet tall portraits of country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and prime minister Sheikh Hasina were also exhibited at the venue.

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