Dhaka – A four-day SAARC Cultural Festival began today at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in capital Dhaka.The BSA is organizing the festival in association with the Cultural Affairs Ministry and SAARC Cultural Center.
Cultural Affairs Secretary Ibrahim Hossain Khan inaugurated the festival in the evening at Nandanamancha of the Shilpakala Academy as the chief guest with Director General of Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky in the chair.
Director of the SAARC Cultural Center Wasanti Kotoala was present as the special guest.
The traditional stick game will be held at the Nandanmancha of the Academy at 4 pm every day from 4 pm onwards.
In the next two days, from December 1 pm to 2 pm, SAARC traditional dance will be held at the National Theater Auditorium at 5 pm. Dace groups from hosts Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka will take part.
Besides, the exhibition will open for public at the National Art Gallery of the Academy every day from 11 am to 8 pm.
The concluding ceremony will be held at the National Theater Auditorium at 5.30 pm on December 3 next.
As part of the SAARC Handicraft Showcase and Dance Festival, two separate workshops will also be held as part of the event.
The handicrafts workshop will take place from 10 am to 5 pm on December 1-2 at Gallery 4 of the National Art Gallery, while the dance workshop will take place at the National Theatre Hall Seminar Room.
Artist Kamruzzaman Shadhin will conduct the handicrafts workshop, while noted dancer Tamanna Rahman will be the chief coordinator of the dance workshop. – from BSS.