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Bulbul Chowdhury’s birth anniv celebrated

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Munmun Ahmed presents a solo recital, left, dancers of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts stage a choreography at the programme.  — Ali Hossain MintuMunmun Ahmed presents a solo recital, left, dancers of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts stage a choreography at the programme. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Legendary dancer Bulbul Chowdhury’s 98th birth anniversary was celebrated with fanfare at the auditorium of the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.
The programme jointly organised by the academy and Bangladesh Nritya Shilpy Sangstha lined up an array of colourful dance recitals by leading tropes of the country.
The commemorative programme also featured a discussion session, a book launching ceremony, and an award giving ceremony.
The seasoned dancer Mohammad Golam Mostafa Khan received the Bulbul Award from the prime minister’s international advisor Dr. Gowher Rizvi, who was present at the programme as the chief guest. Also present were cultural affairs secretary Ranjit Kumar Biswas, seasoned dancers Saju Ahmed, LailaHasan and Amanul Haque and additional secretary of finance ministry Imdadul Haque as special guests. The event was presided over by Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of the academy.
The performance began with a colourful dance presentation by the artistes of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts synchronised with the inspirational Nazrul song Chalchalchal. Dressed in like army camouflaged uniform, the dancers, with sticks in hands, articulated the inner spirit of the song that glorifies the vigour and courage of youth.
Nrityalok artistes presented the serenity of the rural Bangla synchronised with the patriotic song Eki Apuruprupey Go Tomar. Dance organisaiton Ghash Phul Nadi displayed the diverse heritage of the country with the song Hajar Bochhor Dhorey.
Nrittyam artistes’ performance with another unique Nazrul’s poem Namo Namo Namo Bangladesh Namo was also eye catching.
The audience gave loud applause when Sukannya Nritya Kendra artistes danced with a very popular romantic playback Ami Rajanigandha Phuler Moto.
The dancers of Kathak Nritya Sampradya moved the audience presenting a kathak recital. Wearing pure white costumes, the dancers spun around the stage while that had a soothing effect on the audience.
Another spectacular kathak receital was performed by the noted dancer Munmun Ahmed. Synchronised with the raga malkosh, Munmun’s fast dancing with graceful facial expression and splendid body postures wowed the viewers.    
Tabassum Ahmed performed with the Nazrul song Ami Jar Nupurer O Chhando at the programme.
Recitals presented by the dancers of Spandan and Dibbo also entertained the audience, who gathered on that evening despite the cold weather and the political turmoil.




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