When rhythm assists flying feet 4th National Dance Festival kicks off

With the slogan “Milechhi Miloney Chhandey Anandey,” the weeklong 4th National Dance Festival started at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on April 23. Organised by Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha (BNSS), the festival will end at the same venue on the International Dance Day (April 29). Celebrations are also on at other major cities of the country.

A brief inaugural ceremony preceded the first day’s programme. Shaju Ahmed, general secretary of BNSS, welcomed the audience. Renowned theatre personality and president of International Theatre Institute (ITI), Ramendu Majumdar, was the chief guest. Rahiza Khanam Jhunu, president of BNSS, presided over the programme.

Shaju Ahmed pointed out the uphill battle they had to endure for the allocation of the venue. He urged the BSA authority to allow dancers to stage programmes at the National Theatre Hall on at least two days every month.

“Though Shilpakala Academy provides an auditorium — National Music and Dance Centre — for the music and dance artistes, the stage is not suitable for dancers to hold shows,” said Ramendu Majumdar in his speech. Majumdar, who is also a member of the BSA advisory body, urged the authority to allow dancers to stage shows at the National Theatre Hall.

Every year a message from a well-known dance personality is circulated throughout the world on International Dance Day. This year, acclaimed British-Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan has authored the message. At the programme, Majumdar read out the message on behalf of Khan.

Akram Khan’s message reads: “This very special day is dedicated to the one language that everybody in this world can speak, the inherent language of our bodies and our souls, of our ancestors and of our children…It is dedicated to the little child that wishes it could move like its star, and to the mother who says, ‘you already can.’ This day is dedicated to every body of every creed, colour and culture that carries the traditions of its past into stories of the present and dreams of the future…”

In her speech, Rahiza Khanam Jhunu stressed that dancers should be considered for national awards like Ekushey Padak.

Nearly 1000 dancers, from all over Bangladesh, are taking part in this year’s festival. On the opening day, several dance troupes including Nrityalok, Bhabna, Nrityaloy from Faridpur, Nandanik, Pallabi, Dibya Sangskritik Shangathan and Bhorer Pakhi staged performances.

The programme started with a performance by differently-abled children. Dancers of Nrityalok staged a fusion piece highlighting a mother’s sorrow after losing her son to a war. Kabirul Islam Ratan was the choreographer of the performance.

Nrityaloy staged a folk dance, while artistes of Bhabna performed a classical dance.

Earlier in the afternoon, a fair featuring everything related to dance was inaugurated at the Plaza of National Art Gallery. Cultural personality Syed Hasan Imam inaugurated the fair, which will continue till April 29. As part of the celebration, a programme was held at the Bogra Shilpakala Academy premises yesterday.

Around 1000 dancers, from all over Bangladesh, are taking part in this year’s festival.Photo: Mumit M.

Around 1000 dancers, from all over Bangladesh, are taking part in this year’s festival.Photo: Mumit M.

Courtesy : The Daily Star

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