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12:00 AM, April 29, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 29, 2008

Celebrating the joys of dance

Dancers and dance organisations in the country and around the world are busy arranging festivals to mark the International Dance Day. This is an occasion when the devotees of dance rejoice their art with much enthusiasm. On this joyous occasion, prominent dancers Shamim Ara Nipa, Shibli Mohammad, Nilufar Wahid and Kabirul Islam Ratan talked to The Daily Star on the programmes arranged this year.
Founders of the dance organisation Nrityanchal, Shamim Ara Nipa and Shibli Mohammad are both keen on opening a branch of their organisation on April 29. “It is definitely an occasion for us to celebrate. But, at the same time we have to ensure that we continue our work with passion and dedication throughout the year. Only then, our celebrations will be meaningful,” Nipa explained.
Shibli believes that the aspiring artistes should be encouraged. “It is our responsibility to provide a platform for them, so that they get a fair opportunity to demonstrate their skills and proficiency,” he added. Shibli and Nipa jointly host a dance competition show “Momo Chittey, Nritey Nrittey” on BTV.
Kabirul Islam Ratan and Nilufar Wahid informed on the various programmes that are being held on this occasion. For the first time ever, Bangladesh Nrityashilpi Sangstha (BNS) in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy have organised a three-day festival starting from April 27. At the festival, adivasi and Chinese dance troupes, Indian artiste Pallavi Krishnan and dance groups from Dhaka and other parts of the country are performing.
The programmes are being held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Rabindra Sarobor, TSC and Shaheed Minar premises. Other features of the festival are seminar, mela, dance competition and a colourful rally on the concluding day.
Kabirul Islam Ratan hopes that everyone will enjoy the programmes that have something to offer for everyone. Nilufar Wahid said, “I am truly excited about all the programmes. As a dancer, I want everyone to enjoy the occasion the way they enjoy Eid or any other festival.”
Every year, noted dancers and upcoming talents join hands to rediscover the magic of dance and vow to uphold its values. Hopefully this year's arrangements will inspire all and International Dance Day celebrations will only get grander every year.

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