Boishakh 1424- Bengali New Year 2017
Pohela Boishakh translates as the Bengali New Year. It is celebrated on April 14th as a national holiday in Bangladesh. The festival is celebrated with processions, fairs, music and dance and many colorful decoration. The traditional greeting for this occasion is Shubho Noboborsho!
Every year, BIPA hosts a Bengali New Year celebration with a unique musical and dance segment.
Be a Bangali Always
Concept and Direction: Selima Ashraf
The history of Bangla songs is as rich as the history of music itself. Its origins are ancient, a thousand years old. In addition to melody, lyrics also play an important role. These elements together comprise a long tradition of both religious and secular song-writing over a period of almost a millennium, spanning a wide variety of styles.
This long and varied tradition gives Bengali people deep and rooted pride: they have been fighting for their survival from the Battle of Polashi until 1971. They are probably the first nation whose people died for their language. If anything threatens to destroy them they must sing "Ekdiner Bangali Hoio Na," or "Don't be a Bangali just for one day". This year our Boishakhi musical presentation features a wide variety of Bangla songs.
Concept, Choreography, Costume: Annie Ferdous
Music Arrangement: Nadeem Ahmed, Midi-Music Studio
For centuries, Bangladesh has been a rural society, The ways of thinking and activities are still drawn from the rituals and seasonal rhythms of rural life. Although urbanization and globalization are increasing in Bangladesh, the folk culture in the urban and rural communities is still present. The folk art and culture represents hope, aspiration and beauty to the people of Bangladesh. In this performance, the audience experienced the daily routines of rural living. The dancers presented the "Unseen Beauty" of Bangladeshi folk culture.