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International Dance Day celebrated

Update : 30 Apr 2013, 01:42 PM

Every year Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Nrityashipli Sangstha host a joint programme to celebrate International Dance Day, however, due to the Savar tragedy that has spread its toll on the country and the political unrest, the ceremony this year was limited to discussions, presenting awards and a very small dance recital on Rabindranath Tagore’s song “Shokatorey Oi Kadichhe Shokole.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award this year was bestowed to dancer Zinat Barkatullah and Syed Abul Kalam for their immense contribution to the dance arena of the country. Zinat, who is popular for her titular role in Tagore’s famous dance drama “Shama,” is well known around the world as a popular Bangladeshi dancer and Syed Abul Kalam, also an internationally acclaimed dancer, has once trained many celebrated dancers of recent times.

The programme was begun with the observance of one-minute silence dedicated to the deceased souls of Savar tragedy. Later Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of BSA, inaugurated the programme by flying balloons.

International Dance Day was introduced by the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute in 1982 to honour the birthday of the creator of modern ballet Jean-Georges Noverre. A famous choreographer or dancer is selected every year by the International Dance Committee to deliver a special message which is dispersed around the world. The goal of the “International Dance Day Message” is to celebrate Dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together through the common language of Dance.

The message author of the 2013 International Dance Day is the Taiwanese choreographer LIN Hwai-min, his message is a composition from "The Book of Songs," an anthology of Chinese poems dating from the 10th to the 7th century BC. In his message, he said: “In this digital age, images of movements take millions of forms. They are fascinating. But, they can never replace dance because images do not breathe. Dance is a celebration of life. Come, turn off your television, switch off your computer, and come to dance. Express yourself through that divine and dignified instrument, which is our body. Come to dance and join people in the waves of pulses. Seize that precious and fleeting moment. Come to celebrate life with dance.”  

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