Wednesday, 1 December, 2021

9th Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Fest kicks off tomorrow

The 9th edition of ‘Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival 2021’ will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital tomorrow. Aiming at consolidating the harmony between Bangladesh and India through cultural exchange, the fest has been organised last eight years.  But, due to the ongoing pandemic, no cultural troupe from India will participate in this year festival. Only Bangladeshi cultural groups will take part in the 12-day festival. 

 About the fest, Ganga-Jamuna Sangskritik Utsab Parshad arranged a press conference at the seminar room of BSA on Wednesday. Presided over by the president of festival organising committee Golam Kuddus, committee member and convener Mir Zahid Hasan read the written statement at the conference.   

The festival will take place at National Theatre Hall, Experimental Theatre Hall, Studio Theatre Hall, Music and Dance auditorium and premises of BSA simultaneously. This year’s festival has been arranged, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence. The 9th edition of the festival is also dedicated to Bangabandhu. 

Eminent musician and Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Sujeya Syam will inaugurate the festival while State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will grace the occasion as the chief guest. Eminent theatre personalities Asaduzzaman Noor, Ramendu Majumdar, Ataur Rahman, Mamunur Rashid, Nasir Uddin Yousuf and BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky will also attend the programme as guests of honour.

According to the organisers, this year’s festival features a total of 36 stage productions from 36 theatre troupes. There will also be dance performances, recites, open stage plays, songs and others. A total of 140 cultural groups and over three thousand artistes will take part in this year fest. 

To note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival was not held last year.