With the theme “Nritter taal-e taal-e bishwa aaj ekshathe”, Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha's Chittagong unit arranged a programme at the District Shilpakala Academy last Saturday.
The programme was arranged to mark World Dance Day and the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Paying tribute to the poet, the programme began with a group performance to Tagore's song “Anandalokey Mongolalokey”.
After the performance, Sharmin Hassan, president of Nritya Shilpi Sangstha's Chittagong unit, welcomed those gathered.
Noted scientist Professor Jamal Nazrul Islam addressed the gathering as the chief guest.
Alliance Francaise de Chittagong Director, Dr. Samuel Berthet, and Professor Rita Dutta, former principal of Fine Arts College, Chittagong, and the organisation's secretary general Sanchita Dutta also spoke.
In his speech, Professor Jamal said that overcoming all obstacles the artistes have assembled here with the aim of keeping the country's art and culture alive and this is a praiseworthy initiative.
Quoting Rabindranath he said though Tagore said, “Morite chahina ami shundar bhubhane”, towards the end he declared, “Satya je kothin, kothinere bhalobashilam”.
He urged all artistes as well as all music lovers to safeguard their roots.
Gargi Majumdar and her troupe presented a dance performance with the song “Noy Noy Ei Madhuro Khela” followed by Ananya Barua and her troupe's performance to “Akash Bhora Shurjo Tara”.
With the song “Aaji Ei Gandha Bidhura”, Sanchita Dutta Baby and her troupe gave a moving performance.
Tarun Chakraborty and his troupe danced to the tune of “Rimjhim Ghana”, following a performance by Setu Biswas and his troupe.
Choreographed by Subhra Sengupta, the School of Oriental Dance performed to the song “Esho Hey Shojol Shaymo” followed by the performance of the troupe of Rupak Sen.
Tilottama Sengupta's troupe performed to the Tagore song “Pran Chaye”.
Following the performance, another group dance presentation was staged, directed by Prama Obanti, to the song “Amar Mukti Aloye Aloye”.
The programme ended with the performance of Swapan Barua's “Mano Moro Meghero Shongi”.
Jahanara Mali and Swapam Das' troupes also performed at the programme.