Cultural show protests at violence against women

Cultural Correspondent
Spark artistes present a dance recital at Rabindra Sarobar  on Saturday. — Indrajit Ghosh

Spark artistes present a dance recital at Rabindra Sarobar
on Saturday. — Indrajit Ghosh

Artistes and activists at an open-air programme on Saturday raised their voice against violence against women that they said persists at alarmingly high levels.
The event was organised at the Rabindra Sarobar amphitheatre in the capital’s Dhanmondi area, featuring dance and music and emphatic statements made by the feminist activists and participating artistes.
It was organised by the Bangladeshi chapter of One Billion Rising, the global movement that advocates an end to sexual violence against women.
The programme was attended by OBR founder and playwright Eve Ensler, Philippines actress Monique Wilson, OBR Bangladesh co-coordinator Khushi Kabir, and Nastasia Paul-Gera, co-coordinator of South Asia-based feminist organisation Sangat.
The speakers mentioned a UN statistic that actually led to the formation of the movement in 2012, in which it was said that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, accounting for about one billion women in a world of seven billion.
This, they said, calls for urgent measures and initiatives in support of women and greater awareness on the part of everyone involved.
A group song, Mile Mishe Nachire Gaire, was presented at the programme. The song espoused the need for a harmonious co-existence of men and women.
A troupe of small ethnic community artistes, Spark, delighted the audience with a choreography in which they presented the rich culture and lifestyle of the Chakma people. Their agriculture, social practices and rituals were presented beautifully through the piece.
Band Ghash Phoring presented several hit songs including the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s Dur Dwipo Basini, Mon Shudhu Mon Chhuyechhe and Prithibita Naki Chhoto Hote Hote.
Singer Palki also performed at the programme, presenting several numbers including Sonar Moyna Pakhi.

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