Asaduzzaman Noor speaks at the programme. Photo: Mahmuda Tuli
To commemorate the 40th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), a two-day celebration programme began on February 19 at the open premises of BSA.
Through ringing of bells, illuminating candles, releasing of balloons and phanush, together with dazzling fireworks display, the opening day's programme was set off. A choral rendition of the National Anthem followed -- by the artistes of BSA. Apart from discussions and reminiscences, the opening day's event featured a vibrant cultural programme coupled with an acrobatic show. The cultural event comprises solo and choral rendition of songs; group dance performances, recitations presentation of patriotic songs and band music performance by Joler Gaan.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, MP graced the occasion as chief guest while first Director General of BSA, Dr. Mustafa Nurul Islam inaugurated the yearlong programme at the event. Secretary to the cultural affairs ministry, Dr. Ranjit Kumar Biswas, ndc, eminent artist Hashem Khan and renowned theatre personality Ramendu Majumdar were present as special guests on the occasion. Director General of BSA Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the inaugural programme.
Artistes perform at the programme. Photo: Mahmuda Tuli
“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman founded Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1974. Following his assassination the next year, BSA went through mayhem. The values of Liberation War were intentionally decayed one after another. Yet, the artistes and the cultural activists of this country, centering on BSA, resisted the vested quarters with all their might. It has not been a walk in the garden for artistes and cultural activists of this country; poets, artists and litterateurs of this country haven't just built castles in the air, but faced the harsh realities,” said Asaduzzaman Noor.
Artistes of Dhriti Nartanalay danced to a Santali folk song “Dhitang Dhitang Bole” while five dancers of Rewaz Performing Arts performed a Kathak piece at the event. Promising artistes of Dhrubo Shishu Kishore Sangathan presented two patriotic songs eulogising both motherland and mother tongue. Artistes of Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad presented choral Tagore songs at the event.
Noted folk singer Chandana Majumdar swayed the crowd with her beautiful musical treat. The artiste first performed a Fakir Lalon Shai song “Boli Ma Tor Charon Dhorey”, and beautifully performed a Baul Shah Abdul Karim song “Boshonto Batashey”. Chandana's larger-than-life voice coupled with pulsating beats of Dhol artiste Dashrath Das mesmerised the audience. Members of the Band Joler Gaan also won hearts with their popular compositions and instrumental fusions.
Among others, renowned folk artiste Kiran Chandra Roy and eminent Tagore singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bonnya rendered solo songs at the event. Noted elocutionists Ahkam Ullah and Dahlia Ahmed recited poems on the occasion. Later, BSA acrobatic troupe showcased their corporal arts. The second day's (February 20) event also featured a cultural programme together with an acrobatic show at the same venue.