By A Staff Reporter,Kathmandu, Mar. 16: The Nepal-Bangladesh Art and Culture Festival has begun in Dhaka on Tuesday. Organised by the Embassy of Nepal in Bangladesh in partnership with the Bangladesh-Nepal Friendship Society and with the support from the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the festival was jointly inaugurated on Tuesday by Nepal's envoy to Bangladesh Ghanshyam Bhandari and Bangladesh's Minister for Education Dr. Dipu Moni. The festival was inaugurated amidst a special ceremony held at the Shilpakala Academy.
According to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Nepal in Bangladesh on Wednesday, the festival, which will last till Saturday, is being organised to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Nepal and Bangladesh. As per the Embassy, the fair will showcase the artistic traditions and cultural heritage of the two countries.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Bhandari underlined the cultural and linguistic similarities that serve as the foundation of the relationship between Nepal and Bangladesh.
Minister Moni appreciated the efforts the two countries are making to promote each other's rich and vibrant art and culture and highlighted the important role cultural exchanges could play in further strengthening the relationship between the nations.
The inauguration was attended by over 250 guests, including diplomats, artists, scholars and students.
The festival includes a five-day long painting and photography exhibition that will showcase Nepali and Bangladeshi artworks at the National Art Gallery of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. A total of 52 works of 33 Nepali artists and over 80 works of 50 Bangladeshi artists will be exhibited in the event. Similarly, a cultural show was held on Wednesday.