Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020, a 21-day long national cultural event, was kicked off at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
Hosted by BSA in association with the ministry of cultural affairs, the festival is scheduled to showcase the performance of five thousand performing artists of over one hundred cultural organizations from 64 districts and 64 upazilas at different venues of BSA.
Planning minister MA Mannan attended the opening ceremony at BSA’s National Theatre Hall. KM Khalid, state minister for cultural affairs, inaugurated the festival.
Presided over by BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, Cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal was present at the programme as special guest.
Speaking on the occasion Planning Minister MA Mannan said, “Culture is the fundamental requirement for the development of a nation. Countries like China has progressed and developed because of its cultural revolution. Even our independence and freedom are heavily influenced and indebted to the cultural revolution in the glorious past”,
He urged the cultural affairs ministry to help flourish the tradition and culture through such national festival and assured all sorts of support from the ministry, if needed.
Speaking at the programme KM Khalid, state minister for cultural affairs, said “We are starting 2020, the ‘Mujib Year’ marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through the second such edition of this event. The festival will be followed by year-long cultural events in every district, with Dhaka being its last venue.”
BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky also described the BSA’s plans of the jovial celebrations marking Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day on January 10 and his birth centenary on March 17.
After the inaugural seminar, Kazi Hablu and his orchestra presented the song ‘Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy’ which was followed by dance performance by BSA’s dance troupe, acrobatics by BSA performers, cultural performances by the artistes from Mymensingh and Gopalganj districts and ‘Jatrapala’ by artists from Jhenaidah district.
The 21-day festival features cultural programmes including chorus, dance and recitation themed on Bangabandhu and Liberation War, instrumental performance, local traditional games and sports, ‘jatrapala’, ‘baul’ songs, performances by specially-abled children, acrobatics, cultural performances by minority groups, puppet drama shows, documentaries and cultural performances based on government’s ‘district branding’ projects, solo dance and song presentations.
On the concluding day on January 23, the festival is scheduled to feature performance of three districts and three upazilas every day from 4 to 10 pm. Information on tickets for the ‘Jatra’ shows would be available on the BSA’s Facebook page.