Celebrating the art of dance

First Annual Hijra Dance Competition held

Crossposted from Daily Star http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=114046

On November 12, the first Annual Hijra Dance Competition was held at the Dance and Music Centre, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The event had for objective to regroup all Hijras of Dhaka and their friends to celebrate the art of dance in a joyful atmosphere, says a press release. Each dancer had three minutes to perform their routine.

Thirty-three dancers, between the ages of 15 and 45, competed in front of a crowded room of 500 for the top prize. This year’s winners are: Miss Nisha (first), Miss Katha (second) and Miss Bobby (third).

The event was recorded for a documentary film on the Hijras of Dhaka that is set for broadcast on French television in 2010.

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