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Policies and Actions


National level agency/organisation dedicated to preservation and promotion of traditional/folk performing arts


Prominent NGOs working in this field


Brief chronology-history

There has been no infrastructure made for the preservation of traditional, folk and performing arts in Bangladesh. But Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and other cultural institutions are promoting in this field by arranging folk music festivals and people's theatre and folk theatre.

Legislation in this field

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Act, 1974 (enact. 19 February 1974)
To encourage and promote the growth and development of fine and performing arts and national culture.

Category/types of performing arts

Music: (a)Vocal music, (b)Instrumental music
Folk - Theatre



Audio・visual documentation collection

(1)Bangladesh Television, Rampura, Dhaka
(2)Radio Bangladesh, Agargaon, Dhaka

Form of documentation: audio cassette, video cassette
Available for viewing/listening

Aspects of traditional/folk performing arts in education

There are some institutions other than the National level's who are providing the formal education on traditional and folk performing arts. Some of their names are given below:
(a)Government Music College, Dhaka
(b)Bul Bul Lalitkala Academy, Dhaka
(c)Center for Education, Creative and Performing Arts, 64/C Green Road, Dhaka
(d)Chhayanat, Dhaka

Data provider

Mr. Azad Rahaman
Director General
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (National Academy of Fine & Performing Arts)
Address: Segunbagicha, Ramna, Dhaka - 1000, Bangladesh