Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Music and dance by indigenous artistes

Indigenous artistes perform a dance. Photo: Star

Indigenous artistes perform a dance. Photo: Star

Indigenous artistes from Mymensingh and Sunamganj performed to a huge audience gathered at Shilpakala Academy auditorium here on Wednesday afternoon.

The performances included renditions of traditional songs in the languages of the indigenous communities and Bangla classics, dance and a dance-drama.

Protection and Establishing Rights on Land of Adibasi in Mymensingh (PERLAM), a project of CARITAS, and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) jointly organised the programme.

The event began with a chorus rendered by Holy Family School’s artistes. Later, artistes from Jamalpur, Tangail and Netrakona performed at the programme.

Noted indigenous artistes — Kishore Cladius Napak from Sunamganj; Chandana Hajong and Hasina Slan from Netrakona; and Dwip Aarmi — rendered songs in their languages and in Bangla.

The artistes were assisted by Rinku on keyboard, Raqib on drums, Mahfuz and Suman on guitars.

Earlier, a discussion was held, with Deputy Commissioner of Mymensingh, Lokman Hossain Miah, as the chief guest. Theofil Nokrek, regional director of CARITAS, and Shashanka Richil, project coordinator of PERLAM-MJF, among others, spoke at the discussion.

The indigenous people must take initiatives to protect their cultures — the speakers were of the view.