Nagarik Nritya Samaj is holding a civic reception for veteran dance artiste Laila Hasan today at 5:30 pm at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) premises. The event will continue at National Theatre Hall, BSA from 7 pm.
Former Vice Chancellor of Rajshahi University, Professor Khan Sarwar Murshid; noted media personality Atiqul Haque Chowdhury; President of Chhayanaut, Dr. Sanjida Khatun; a trustee of Liberation War Museum Mofidul Haque and chief adviser to Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Shangstha, Rahiza Khanom Jhunu, among others, will speak on the occasion.
As an artiste, Laila Hasan has remained dedicated to various facets of Bangladeshi culture — dance, theatre, TV and more. But many would term her as a “bold organiser and cultural activist.” In 1958 when the then Pakistani government banned Tagore songs, she along with other activists took a stand against it. She also participated in the Mass Upsurge of 1969; was one of the organisers, news presenters and artistes of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra; has worked with renowned cultural organisations of the country like Shammilito Sangskritik Jote, Udichi, Khelaghar and much more.
The government of Bangladesh honoured Hasan with an Ekushey Padak (2010) for her contribution to dance.
The artiste is the current President of Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Shangstha.