The third edition of National Dance Drama Festival began on December 19 at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The five-day festival has been jointly organised by Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The festival is featuring eight dance dramas by a Dhaka-based troupe and seven troupes from outside the capital.The festival was inaugurated by cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor at the National Theatre Hall. Udichi adviser Kamal Lohani, thespian Dr Enamul Haque and Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association president Minu Haque were also present at the inaugural session. The ceremony was presided over by Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The festival has been dedicated to the recently demised dance artiste-teacher Rahijha Khanam Jhunu.
Following the inauguration, Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts staged Suryamukhi Nadi, a dance drama on the Liberation War written by Dr Enamul Haque. Directed by recently demised dance artiste-teacher Rahijha Khanam Jhunu, the 50-minute dance drama featured the story of Liberation War through narration of a boatman.
The dancers with their colourful choreographies envisaged the narrations that included description of the beautiful country with full of rivers where people live amid harmony and peace, how the peace perished following the political turmoil in 1970, declaration of war of independence as protest of discriminations, atrocities done by the Pakistani occupational forces and vigour of the valiant freedom fighters to win the war.
Rabindranath Tagore’s two dance dramas were also presented by artistes from Chittagong and Satkhira at the festival. Chittagong-based dance artistes representing Chittagong District Shilpakala Academy staged Mayar Khela, while Satkhira-based artistes representing Satkhira District Shilpakala Academy staged Chandalika.
In the second installment of the festival, Dhaka-based troupes will perform at seven districts in the January in 2018.