April 24, 2017 - 6:27pm
A weeklong dance festival and fair organised by Bangladesh Nritya Shilpy Sangstha marking the upcoming International Dance Day is underway at the National Art Plaza of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The event features dance recitals by troupes and solo artistes from across the county and display of different attires, jewellery and other items related to dance. Seasoned dancer Rahiza Khanom Jhunu inaugurated the event on Sunday afternoon.
An open stage has been set up on the fair premises which will feature dance performances every evening till April 29 when the World Dance Day will be celebrated. A colouful dance show and a discussion was held at the the National Theatre hall of BSA.
Different dance organisations including Pallavi, Nataraj, Bangladesh academy of Fine Arts, Spandan and others performed at the programme. The dance show commenced with a dance performance by artistes of Pallavi synchronised with the song Banglar Mati Banglar Jal. Dancers from Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts danced with the patriotic song Eki Apurup Rupey Ma Tomar at the show.
A highlight of the event was a dance production by Nrityajon which featured patriotic songs and poems like Muktir o Mondire, Banglar Mati Bangla Jal and Shamsur Rahman’s poem Swadhinata Tumi. Spandan dancers staged a dance recital syncronised with the Tagore song Alo Amar Alo Go at the show. Earlier a discussion was held on the occasion.
Among others, President of BNSS Minu Haque, president of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote Golam Kuddus and noted dancers Laila Hasan and Amanul Haque were present at the discussion session. Speaking about the dance festival Minu Haque said the event will provide the dancers of the country with a common platform. ‘During the week-long event dancers from different districts will come to Dhaka and present dance,’ Minu Haque told New Age. BNSS has been organising the festival since 2002. This year the organisation will honour seasoned dancer Ilias Haider with life time achievement award.