Open-air dance at Gulshan
Though the world enthusiastically celebrated the great bard Tagore’s yearlong 150th birth anniversary, yet Bangladeshi dancers are still continuing their celebration programme commemorating the occasion.
Dance and dance drama subcommittee of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh is organising five open-air Tagorean dance programmes at five different venues of Dhaka city. It was the first of its kind held at Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed Park, Gulshan-2 on May 18. Artistes performed dance pieces with Writu Parjaya (seasonal songs) songs of Tagore at the programme.
Depicting six seasons of Bangladesh artistes of twelve noted dance troupes and schools –Dibya Shangskritik Sangathan, Rewaz Performers’ School, Pallabi Dance Centre, Spondon, Bulbul Academy, Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts, Angikam, Ghash Phul Nadi, Nandanik, Benuka Lalitkala Academy, Sukanya Nrityangan and Jhankar Lalitkala Academy danced to twelve Tagore numbers including “Darun Ogni Banerey”, “Pagla Hawar Badol Diney”, “Amol Dhobol”, “Hemontey Kon Boshonter-i Gaan”, “Shiter Hawar Laglo Nachon”, “Eki Labonye Purna Pran” and more at the event.
Jhunjhun, Panna and Raka of Dibya Shangskritik Sangathan put up an impressive performance while Shoma, Ridita, Roopkalpa, Oroni and Ongshu of Rewaz Performers’ School stood out in their presentations based on autumnal compositions of the bard.
Deepa Khandakar, Munmun Ahmed, Minu Haque, Anik Bose, Shahidul Islam Babu, Farhana Chowdhury Baby, Tabassum Ahmed, Noor-e-Alam Chandan, Nilufar Wahid Pappi, Golam Mostafa Khan, Sultana Haidar and Tabassum Ahmed choreographed the pieces. Noted personalities, including dancers, presented bouquets, uttario, books and crests to the featured choreographers and dancers at the event.
Prior to the performance, convenor of the open-air dance programme Laila Hasan spoke at the programme while Deepa Khandakar emceed the event.
Set on Tagore compositions, four other open-air dance programmes will be held at Rajuk Open Premises (adjacent to Sonargaon Waterways); behind DUS (Dhaka University Snacks) of TSC, Dhaka University; Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi and Russell Park of Mirpur-1 on May 26, June 1, 8 and 15 respectively.
-With The Daily Star input