A renovated reading room-cum-library hall, named after Uday Shankar, was inaugurated at Dhaka University's Dance Department on Thursday.
Dhaka University vice chancellor professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla, DU pro-vice chancellor (Education) Professor Nasrin Ahmad and pro-vice chancellor (Admin) Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman and head of the Dance Department Professor Rezwana Choudhury Bannya also spoke at the function.
The Indian high commissioner said India will remain supportive to the Dhaka University. "And our support, especially to the dance, music, art and Hindi departments, will continue."
He hoped that the inauguration of the new facilities at the Dance Department will be very useful for students to hone their skill and talents in their chosen fields of art.
The high commissioner said the project was announced by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Dhaka in June, 2015. Its work started in November 2015.
"I'm very happy to see that the project has come to fruition today," he said adding that reading room-cum-library hall, named after Uday Shankar, symbolises the close connections both the countries share in the sphere of art and culture.
Uday Shankar was the pioneer of modern dance in India. With his family roots in Bangladesh, he attained great heights in his career. His work was critically acclaimed all over the world. The hall named after him will inspire the students to achieve similar success in their respective careers.
Professor Arefin Siddique said Bangladesh and India will have to work together to promote the art and culture of the two countries.
Describing the friendly relationship between Bangladesh and India as historic, the vice chancellor said the relationship between the two countries will further be strengthened through 'Uday Shankar Library' at the dance department.
He urged the teachers of the dance section to play a responsible role in the excellence of Bangladesh's dance industry.