The International Dance Day celebrations got into full-swing mode yesterday as dancers and dance troupes from around the country flaunted their moves and styles and displayed dance wear, shoes and accessories catering to various aspects of the world of dance. This year’s celebrations in Bangladesh began a week before the day, on Thursday last week, with Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy joining hands for a joint celebration like the previous years. The festival began with a group of colourful balloons flown up into the air, in the presence of artist Mostafa Monowar, dancer Rahiza Khanam Jhunu, and Minu Haque, chairwoman of BNSS. Noted dancers and members of dance troupes dressed in festive clothing witnessed the inauguration of the weeklong celebration at Shilpakala Academy. A short inaugural session featuring dance recitals was held at the entrance of the National Art Gallery, before the festival moved to the National Art Plaza. The organisers are hosting a weeklong fair there with stalls selling and showcasing dance wear, jewelry, shoes and other accessories. On the opening day, members of Dhriti Nrityanalay, Bhangima, Bulbul Lalitkala Academy, Nataraz, Nrityanandan, Kathak Nritya Sampraday, Nrityachhanda, Dibya, Jhonkar, and Benuka Lalitkala Academy performed on a makeshift stage set on the art plaza premises. On Friday, there were also dance recitals by different organisations and individuals to entrain the visitors. The celebrations include, aside from regular dance performances and the fair, a seminar on April 28 about the role of dance as an instrument of protest against violence as well as a five-day workshop on Bharatnatyam (a popular Indian classical dance form originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu).
The seminar will be held at the seminar room of the academy while the workshop, to be conducted by Indian dance maestro Arkadev Bhattacharya, will be held at the academy’s rehearsal room between April 26 and 30.
On April 29, the international dance day, a procession of dance artistes will be held at the Shilpakala Academy. The day will also see conferring of honorary award to Mymensingh-based dance artiste Narayan Dev for his lifelong contribution to dance, said Minu Haque.
Besides celebrations in the capital, artistes of divisional cities will also observe the day on April 29.
Source: New Age