Yearlong planning for Bulbul Chowhdury's birth centenary
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Nrittashilpi Sangstha have jointly planned celebrations porgrammes for dance artiste Bulbul Chowdhury's birth centenary on January 1 next year. A press conference was held on December 27 at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Segunbagicha in the capital to make this announcement. The two cultural organizations will hold programmes throughout 2019 to mark the birth centenary of Bubul Chowdhury. Liaquat Ali Lukcy, director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy said, "In our land the name of Bulbul Chowdhury comes right after Rabindranath Tagore to present individual hallmarks in dancing. Hopefully the entirety of the coming new year will be full of dance-related events."
After the inauguration on the first of January events would include a book launching bringing forth tributary letter penned by dance researchers of the country, an International Dance Festival in April, a festival for dance drama, countrywide dance competition, seminar on dance practices of Bulbul Chowdhury, felicitation of noted artistes among others.
On behalf of Bangladesh Nrittashilpi Sangstha present at the press conference was its president Minu Haque. He said, "The yearlong activities will kick start with a mega inaugural programme in January. Then with support from Shilpakala Academy we will continue to remember him with many other events." Also present at the press conference were dance artiste Amanul Haque, Bangladesh Nrittashilpi Sangstha general secretary Mahfuzur Rahman, Shilpakala Academy secretary Md Badrul Anam Bhuiyan and directors Dr Kazi Asaduzzaman, Jashim Uddin and Sohrab Uddin.
Bulbul Chowdhury was born on January 1 in 1919 in Chunti Village of Satkania, Chattogram. He passed his MA from Kolkata University in 1943. Till 1954 he had directed and staged around seventy dance dramas.
In 1953 he toured European countries like Britain, France, Netherlands, Belgium and more with his works. He also penned a novel named "Prachi" in 1942 in the backdrops of World War two. He has also written a number of short stories. He passed away on May 17 in 1954 in Kolkata. In honor of his contributions Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts was established in 1955.