Tagore dance fest inaugurated
The three-day Tagore Dance Festival at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy was inaugurated on Friday.
Tagore exponent Sanjida Khatun, inaugurated the festival by lighting pradwip. The festival features dance dramas, a seminar and a workshop.
Nritya O Nrityanatya Upa-Committee and the academy have jointly organised the programme, funded by the ministry of cultural affairs, as a continuation of the yearlong celebrations marking Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary.
Convener of the Upa-Committee, eminent dancer Laila Hasan, delivered a welcome speech at the inaugural session presided over by BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky. Sanjida Khatun, in her speech, said, ‘Tagore’s music and dance are interrelated. The combination of dance and music gives a harmonic bondage, as well as freedom of the soul.’
The inauguration programme was followed by a seminar on ‘Tagore’s Dance Concepts’ which was held at the Music and Dance Centre of the academy. Renowned dancer Sharmila Bandyopadhyay read out the keynote paper of the seminar. She said, ‘Tagore has generated a unique dance form which is a blend of classical and local dance forms. His dance genre is also influenced by some European forms.’
In harmony with the seminar, three dance numbers of different styles were presented with Tagore songs. Artistes of Nrityanandan performed a group dance recital with ‘Baje baje ramyabina baje’. Popular dance artiste Tamanna Rahman presented a Manipuri dance piece with ‘Shangan gaganey ghor ghanaghata’, while Sudeshna Shyamaprobha and her team presented another recital with the song ‘Dhai jeno mor sakal bhalobasha’.
Dancer Shoma Mamtaz and Tagore singer Lily Islam also talked at the seminar.
A two-hour workshop conducted by Sharmila on Tagore’s dance was held at the same venue in the evening.
Today, a dance drama based on Tagore’s poem ‘Dui Pakhi’, choreographed by Dipa Khandakar, will be staged at the National Theatre Hall at 7:00pm.