To celebrate Rabindranath Tagore’s 148th birth anniversary, the ministry for cultural affairs organised a cultural programme at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Silpakala Academy on Friday.
The entire programme was comprised of solo and group musical performances, dances and recitations based on Tagore’s works. Noted singers of Tagore music, recitation and dance artistes from all over the country participated in the programme. The event started off with a dance performance along with the song ‘Aguner parashmani chhoyao prane’, choreographed by Anisul Islam Hero and performed by the members of Srishti Cultural Centre.
Popular singers of Tagore music; Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Azizur Rahman Tuhin, Salma Akbar and Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, among others, sang and delighted the audience with popular Tagore music. The songs included ‘Majhe majhe tobo dekha hoy’, ‘Anbo na anbo na’, ‘Tumi ki kebali chhobi’ and ‘Aami kan pete roi’. Bhaswar Bandapaddhay recited a poetry written by Tagore and is titled ‘Prithbi’. And Ranjit Raxmit of Chittagong recited the poetry ‘Ora Achhe’.
The members of the dance organisations, Nritya Nandan, performed a dance which was choreographed with the song ‘Shefali boner moner kamana’. The Odissi and Tagore Dance Movement Centre presented a dance choreographed with ‘Baje baje ramya bina’, and Nrityam presented ‘Oi mahamanab ase’. Some noted Tagore singers such as; Papia Sarwar, Lily Islam, Tapan Mahmud, Kader Kibria, A M M Mahiuzzan, Khandakar Khairuzzaman Kaium, Shama Rahman and Ashok Saha of Kustia, among others, sang in the programme. The members of the cultural organisations Pratiti, Abhudyaya and Rabirag presented group performances directed by Mansura Begum, Ajit Roy and Saadi Muhammad respectively.
The entire show seemed to have enchanted the audience. And the hall was fully packed, as the cultural programme was open for all.