A dance show led by Bangladeshi expatriates living in New York entertained the audience with a mix of classical, folk and contemporary dance recitals at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
The event, titled Noibedya (oblation), was the first organised by the New York-based Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, which collaborated with Shilpakala Academy to pull off the show. Choreographed and directed by Annie Ferdous, the show’s highlight was its frequent references to and invocations of the divine spirit. It featured three BIPA artistes – Annie Ferdous, Taseen Ferdous and Zarin Maisha – who with their local assistants presented a total of 10 recitals.
It began with a solo bharatnatyam recital by Taseen Ferdous, daughter of Annie Ferdous, who captivated the audience with a beautiful presentation of varnam, the central piece of the Indian classical dance form where complex synchronization of melody, rhythm and expression and movements is pivotal.
Often presented as the opening item in a classical show, the varnam by Taseen earned praises from the dancers and dance connoisseurs at the show. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat were present on the occasion. Taseen came back for a second time following speeches by the guests, this time presenting a javali, an expressive bharatnatyam number in which the tale of a lover chafing at his/her beloved for not keeping their promises is told through movements and expressions.
Afterwards, there were several duet and group recitals featuring diverse dance styles either separately or in fusion. Notable among them was a duet piece, titled Bondhon (Bond), featuring Annie and Taseen Ferdous. Synchronised with Rabindranath Tagore’s song Ami Tomaro Songe Bedhechhi Amar Pran, the recital appeared to suggest the bond between the expatriate BIPA artistes and their homeland.