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Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Fest begins at BSA

Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Fest begins at BSA
Local artistes perform dance at the inaugural ceremony of the 9th Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital on Friday.

Good news for drama buffs. After a long hiatus due to the corona pandemic, the popular Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival has returned to Dhaka.

Commemorating the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of independent Bangladesh, the festival was inaugurated at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday by State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, reports UNB.

Former Minister for Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor, legendary thespian Ramendu Majumdar, ‘Mancha Sharathi’ Ataur Rahman, Dhaka Theatre president Nasiruddin Yousuff, and BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky also joined the inauguration ceremony as special guests.

Ganga-Jamuna Sangskritik Utsab Parshad’s member secretary Akter Uzzaman delivered the welcome speech at the inaugural ceremony, which was presided over by Parishad convener Ghulam Quddus.

The organisers also paid tribute to cultural activists who passed away during the pandemic by holding a photography exhibition at the venue.

Enthralling the audiences, a group performance of the National Anthem was presented by Bangladesh Gana Sangeet Samannay Parishad artistes at the ceremony. It was followed by a special dance recital, presented by Spandan and choreographed by Anik Basu.

A minute of silence was observed in honour of those who passed away during the 1971 Liberation War and the pandemic.

After the inauguration, Theatre Bailey Road presented Syed Shamsul Haq's renowned play 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' at the National Theatre Hall auditorium. 

In addition, Aranyak Natyadal presented 'Kohe Facebook' in the Experimental Theatre Hall while Shilpakala Academy Dhaka presented ‘Janaker Mrityu Nei’ at Studio Theatre Hall. 

The 9th edition of the Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival is showcasing 36 theatrical performances by 36 different theatre groups from Dhaka and beyond. Music, choreography, and recitation are being performed by 44 music recitations and dance troupes in the auditorium, and around 3,500 artistes from 140 noted and promising cultural groups are participating at the festival.

In addition to these performances, 12 street plays alongside the presentation of 11 recitation groups, 12 music groups, 11 dance groups, 10 children's groups and solo recitals and solo music performances will be showcased on the open stage every day from 4 pm to 6.30 pm every day while the stage play will start at 7 pm. 

The festival will continue till October 12.