International Dance Day celebrated at BSA

Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

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Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

A number of dancers, troupes and schools gathered in different venues of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) to celebrate International Dance Day 2018 on April 29. Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha (BNSS) in association with BSA organized a dance week (23-29 April) festival in the premises of BSA. In addition to the dance fair, performances, seminar, rally and congratulations to the dance artists, the large celebratory program, held at the National Theater Hall of BSA, included discussions and dance recitals.

Prominent cultural personality and journalist Kamal Lohani graced the event as the main guest while Nasiruddin Yousuff, President, ITI, Bangladesh and Golam Kuddus, President, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, attended the program as special guests . The organizers honored famous dance artist Selina Haque with the Nrityagurumata Rahijha Khanam Jhunu Memorial Award at the event. They also congratulated renowned dance artists Amanul Haque and Golam Mostafa Khan on this occasion. This year the BNSS entered its 40th year of travel. President Minu Haque and General Secretary Mahfuzur Rahman of BNSS delivered welcoming speeches.

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Later, artists from different troupes including Nrityam, Kathak Nritya Sampradaye, Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts, Pallavi Dance Center, Rewaz Performing Arts School and Nrityashoili, Sylhet performed classical, contemporary, srijanshil and folk dances at the event.

The renowned Nrityanchal dance troupe also organized a large celebration program to mark International Dance Day. The event, held at the National Art Gallery Plaza of BSA, featured classical, folk, srijanshil and modern dances. Young artists from the school performed in the program, jointly conducted by Shameem Ara Nipa and Shibli Mohammad.

The winners of the Nrityanchal Academy of Performing Arts Inter-Class Dance Competition performed an array of dance pieces to songs by Tagore, Nazrul Sangeet, poems and folk numbers.

International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute (ITI), UNESCO’s main performing arts partner. The event takes place every year on April 29, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The day strives to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals held all over the world.