A blend of classical, contemporary and folk dance
Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Shangstha (BNSS) together with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) organised a two-day dance fair titled 'Nrityacharya Bulbul Chowdhury Mela-2013' - to celebrate the 94th birth anniversary of Bulbul Chowdhury, the pioneer of classical dance in Bangladesh.
The first day's programme, held at Shilpakala Academy on December 31, included a dance workshop based on Bulbul's composition and an open discussion on the creativity of the artiste. Noted dancers Deepa Khandakar, Dr. Soma Mumtaj, Belayet Hossain Khan, Saju Ahmed and Minu Haque spoke at the discussion.
The second day's programme was held on January 1 at the National Theatre Hall of BSA. The organisers handed over the Bulbul Chowdhury Memorial Award to dance guru Amanul Haque at the programme.
Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu was chief guest while President of International Theatre Institute, Bangladesh Nasiruddin Yousuff was a special guest at the event. Former director general of Asian Development Bank Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Nrityagurumata Rahija Khanam Jhunu, noted dance personalities Laila Hasan and Golam Mostafa Khan discussed the life and work of Bulbul Chowdhury at the programme. President of BNSS Minu Haque presided over the discussion. Director General of BSA Liakat Ali Lucky inaugurated the second day's programme while general secretary of BNSS Mahfuzur Rahman delivered welcome address at the event.
The long awaited dance show featuring artistes of a number of troupes followed. The troupes presented classical, contemporary and folk dances at the event. Artistes of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts set off the dance recital with a Tagore song "Aguner Poroshmoni". Farhana Chowdhury Baby choreographed the piece. Deepa Khandakar and Belayet Hossain Khan directed two performances based on Bulbul Chowdhury's compositions that several artistes presented at the programme. Artistes of Pallavi Dance Centre delicately showcased the corporal artistry with a devotional approach. Minu Haque choreographed the presentation set on "Om".
Choreographed by Golam Mostafa Khan, several dancers of Benuka Lalitkala Kendra danced to a trio folk tune of the songs, "Sadher Lau", "Je Jon Premer Bhab" and "Ami Takdum Takdum Bajai", that earned applause from the audience. Choreographed by Laila Hasan, dancers of Nataraj presented an experimental piece in the classical and creative dance styles. The dancers looked like several twitchy butterflies in many mudras. Choreographed by Saju Ahmed, several artistes of Kathak Dance Community showcased emotive foot works with rhythmic balance as they presented nritya nirmity.
Noted dancer-choreographer Munmun Ahmed along with artistes of Rewaz Performing Arts School danced to a Nazrul Sangeet "Momo Mayamoy Swaponey", recorded by Sujit Mustafa. The performance earned many hearts. Choreographed by Amanul Haque, Farzana Raisa Nitu of Bangladesh Ballet Troupe presented a solo piece set on Raga "Darbari".
Dancers of Dhriti Nartanalay generated a whirlpool of dance styles while performing a piece based on the song "Kharobayu boy begey". Artistes of Nandan Kala Kendra spiritedly performed their part with a Nazrul number "Karar Oi Louho Kapat". Warda Rehab and MR Wasek directed the pieces respectively.
Dancers of Spondon, Jago Art Centre, Dibya, Ghash Phool Nadi and Bhorer Pakhi Lalitkala Kendra also performed dances at the event. Anik Bose, Belayet Hossain Khan, Deepa Khandakar, Selina Haque and Atiqur Rahman directed the performances respectively. Choreographed by Tamanna Rahman, three artistes of Nrityam presented a Manipuri dance that wrapped up the event.