Highlights

One of the highlights of Shibli and Nipa’s careers came in 2006, when Nrityanchal had the honour of performing in Oslo at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and also at the Ceremony itself, at the request of the Prize Winner, Dr Muhammad Yunus. On this memorable day the beauty and grace of Bangladeshi dance were on display for a world-wide audience to enjoy.

In July 2009 Nrityanchal also took part in the very prestigious US festival of Indian culture, Banga Sammelan in San Francisco, with Shibli and Nipa taking their place alongside the great names of Indian dance and music.

Another major event took place in January 2010 when the South Asian Games were held in Dhaka. The centrepiece of the opening ceremony was a spectacular aquatic show, when Shibli and Nipa were joined on stage by 350 performers from all over Bangladesh. Giant images of Shibli and Nipa dancing were projected onto the backdrop of a waterfall, amid a blaze of laser-created light and colour.

In February 2011 Dhaka played host to the ICC Cricket World Cup competition. Shibli and Nipa were responsible for co-ordinating and choreographing 200 Nrityanchal dancers and 45 indigenous dancers for the spectacular opening ceremony in the Bangabanghu National Stadium. Shibli and Nipa themselves made brief but dramatic personal appearances in the arena at key moments of the ceremony.

Shibli and Nipa represented Bangladesh, together with Anisul Islam Hero, at an International Dance Festival in Delhi in October 2011, organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The Festival showcased the talents of Indian classical dancers from around the world. One of the dances which received great acclaim was a ‘Jugalbandi’ with Shibli and Nipa performing Kathak while Hero performed Bharatnatyam, in a new composition by the dancers themselves.

Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2006

South Asian Games 2010

ICC World Cup Opening Cermony 2011

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