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Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, KM Khalid, was the chief guest at the National Dance Festival. Photos: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

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Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, KM Khalid, was the chief guest at the National Dance Festival. Photos: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

The National Dance Festival, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), kicked off today with the theme “Dance Against Corona”. The performances brought to light the spirit of Bangladesh’s 50 years of independence and the centenary of the birth of Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The three-day festival held at BSA’s National Theater Hall features 75 dance recitals from 75 dance troupes from across the country. 50 dance groups received the financial aid of 1 lakh BDT, while 25 troupes received 80,000 BDT each.

Samina Husain Prema’s Bhabna Dance Troupe performed at the National Dance Festival.

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Samina Husain Prema’s Bhabna Dance Troupe performed at the National Dance Festival.

The inaugural ceremony began with BSA Managing Director Liaquat Ali Lucky presenting each guest with an Uttorio.

The program began with a welcome speech by BSA Secretary Md Asaduzzaman and was chaired by Liaquat Ali Lucky.

The Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, KM Khalid, was present as the chief guest while the President of the Bangladesh Dance Artists Association, Minu Haque, was the special guest at the inaugural ceremony of the festival.

The opening ceremony featured brilliant performances by 15 dance troupes, such as Samina Husain Prema’s Bhabna Troupe from Dhaka, Manos Talukder’s Nrittogram Troupe from Mymensingh, Jyoti Sinha’s Manipuri Theater Troupe from Moulvibazar, Nrittiashoily Troupe of Nilanjana Jui of Sylhet, Shadhona Troupe – A Center of Lubna Marium for the Advancement of South Asian Culture, among others.

Manos Talukder’s Nrittogram troupe from Mymensingh performed at the dance festival.

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Manos Talukder’s Nrittogram troupe from Mymensingh performed at the dance festival.

The performances beautifully incorporated the theme of patriotism and Bangabandhu’s role in the 1971 liberation war. The performers used various props such as the flag of Bangladesh and visuals of Bangabandhu to represent the war. Many were dressed in costumes that had a touch of red or green to honor the soldiers of war.

The combination of alluring songs and storytelling made each of the performances unique from each other. However, the Bhabna and Shadhona dance troupes deserve special mentions. Samina Husain Prema’s mesmerizing expressions coupled with excellent choreography made their performance memorable.

Shadhona Dance Troupe of Lubna Marium – A Center for the Advancement of South Asian Culture

Shadhona Dance Troupe of Lubna Marium – A Center for the Advancement of South Asian Culture

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