Vol. 5 Num 1035 Mon. April 30, 2007  

National Dance Festival '07
Celebrations in Chittagong

Adance programme was held in the port city on Saturday (April 28) evening as part of the weeklong countrywide celebration of the 3rd National Dance Festival.

Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong, Al Nuri Faizur Reza, was the chief guest at the event organised by the Chittagong unit of Bangladesh Nritya Shipi Sangstha (BNSS). The Programme was held at the Theatre Institute of Chittagong (TIC) auditorium.

President of BNSS Chittagong, Sharmin Hossain presided over the programme while general secretary Shubhra Sen Gupta delivered the welcome speech. BNSS central general secretary Shaju Ahmed was present as special guest.

Al Nuri, in his speech, emphasised on continuous practice in order to develop the ancient medium of culture in the midst of satellite culture. He said thoughts and tastes of a nation are reflected through culture, as it is the mirror of a society.

Shaju Ahmed urged parents to encourage their children to get involved in cultural activities.

Twelve troupes from Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong performed different forms of dance including Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Manipuri and Odissi as well as folk and other contemporary styles.

Four institutions of Chittagong, including School of Oriental Dance, Odissi and Tagore Dance Movement Centre, Fame School of Dance Drama and Music and Gurukul Nrityakala Academy presented Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak and Manipuri respectively.

Dance exponents of Chittagong -- Shubhra Sen Gupta, Prama Abonti, Tilottama Sen Gupta and Gargi Majumder -- choreographed the recitals respectively.

Other troupes participating at the event were Ghungur Nrityakala Kendro, Nataraj Nrityangan Academy, Sanchari Nrityakala Academy, Surangama Nrityanagan, Nupur Nikkon and Charuta -- all from Chittagong. Mridanga from Dhaka and Abbasuddin Academy of Khulna also participated at the programme.

Renowned dancer Belayet Hossain Khan of Jago Art Centre, Dhaka delivered a performance titled Naborash -- demonstrating the different human emotions -- that received a hearty response from the audience.

Artistes of Odissi and Tagore Dance Movement Centre perform at the programme. PHOTO: STAR