Monday, April 19, 2009
Over the last six years, Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Shangstha (BNSS) has been celebrating the International Dance Day (April 29) with much festivity. This year the organisation has planned to commemorate the day with a weeklong programme, which will commence on April 23 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
Noted danseuse and vice president of BNSS, Minu Haque, informed that after the formal inauguration in Dhaka, celebrations will take place in several cities such as in Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Mymensingh and Bogra. Haque said that the decision to hold programmes throughout the country aims at interacting with the greater population and to generate mass interest in dance.
Approximately 1000 dance artistes (including several indigenous participants) from all parts of the country would perform at this year's celebration.
One of the highpoints of this year's programme is a dance fair featuring everything related to the art form. The fair will take place at the plaza of National Art Gallery, BSA.
Every year a UNESCO dignitary coveys a message to mark the day and this year will not be any exception. Other highlights of the festival would be a seminal on the present state of dance in the country and an award giving ceremony. Three lifetime achievement awards, named after legendary dance artistes -- Bulbul Chowdhury, G.A. Mannan and Gawhar Jamil -- will be conferred.On April 29, the daylong programme will start with a colourful rally early in the morning and Haque hopes numerous cultural personalities from every sector will attend the rally.
Haque's own organisation Nrityadhara (she is the convener of Nrityadhara) is one of the front-liners to co-operate BNSS in successfully arranging the festival.