A weeklong (April 23-29) colourful programme marking International Dance Day is on at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Director General of BSA Liaquat Ali Lucky inaugurated the event through releasing balloons at the BSA premises on April 23. The theme for the year is “Chitto Momo Bikoshito Houk Nrityer Taal-e Taal-e.” Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha (BNSS) and BSA have jointly organised the event.
Liaquat Ali Lucky with dance gurus –Golam Mostafa and Saju Ahmed spoke at the inaugural ceremony. Leaders of BNSS accompanied by a number of dance artistes swayed with the beats of dhak-dhol, mondira and kartal as they celebrated the festival. Several dancers also showcased various styles of Raibeshe dance prior to the inauguration of Nrityagurumata Rahiza Khanam Jhunu Mela (fair) at the National Art Gallery Plaza on the opening day. Rahiza Khanam Jhunu inaugurated the fair where several stalls are exhibiting dance dresses, props, brochure, CDs and food. Noted dancers including, Rahiza Khanam Jhunu, Laila Hasan, Minu Haque, Mahfuzur Rahman, Saju Ahmed and Kabirul Islam Ratan spoke at the programme.
Later, both child and senior artistes with different troupes performed dances at the venue. Several disabled children of the troupe “Sweet Bangladesh” set off the recital with a Lata Mangeshkar cover “Mongol Dip Jwela”. Artistes of Spondon danced to a folk song “Dhakur Bakur Bol Bajey Bangladesh-er Dhol” while artistes of “Bhorer Pakhi” performed a dance set on a song on Boishakhi fair. Nrityashree artistes danced a Tagore song “Aj Dhaner Khete Roudra Chhayaye.”
Artistes of Spondon, Jago Art Centre, Nrityalok, Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts, Chhando Nrityaloy, Dibya, Kathak Nritya Sampradaye, Nataraj, and Nrityanandan also performed on the opening day. A number of divisional and district level artistes of BNSS will perform on different days of the event.
The programmes to mark International Dance Day (April 29) will start at 9am at Central Shaheed Minar premises. A colourful rally will parade several streets of the capital and end at BSA. A seminar titled “Nritye Tomar Muktir Roop” will be held at the Music and Dance Centre auditorium of BSA at 11am on the day.
A grand celebration programme will take place at National Theatre Hall of BSA at 6:30pm the same day. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, MP will attend the programme as chief guest.