Organization - BangladeshUdichi Shilpigosthi

BangladeshUdichi Shilpigosthi
Basic Information
English BangladeshUdichi Shilpigosthi
Local language বাংলাদেশ উদীচী শিল্পীগোষ্ঠী
Country Bangladesh
Category International Organization
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Function Policy and System
Research
Documentation
Education and Training
Promotion
Revitalization
Established year 1968
Objectives

Udichi Shilpigosthi is a cultural Organization inspired and driven by progressive thoughts. Uchichi was formed in 1968 with a view to guiding the social and cultural life by Satyen Sen. The objective of Udichi Shilpigosthi was to create awareness among mass people against all sorts of socio economic exploitation, repression, disparity, communalism and imperialism through the artistry. Udichi Shilpigosthi played a remarkable role in fostering the movement for war of liberation of Bangladesh. Activists of Udichi platform played an important role in formulation of the countries central policy after the independence.

Introduction

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshti was founded by two of the greatest revolutionary artist-cultural-activists, Satyen Sen and Ronesh Dashgupta on 29th October 1968, Sen was its first President. It is the country’s oldest and most prestigious cultural organization in Bangladesh. In the cultural field of Bangladesh, Satyen Sen was like a teacher.

Udichi Shilpigoshthi uses folk music as a tool to motivate people to stand against all kinds of inequality. It is one of the largest progressive voluntary organizations in the country, and plays a crucial role in democratic and cultural movements. It works towards the establishment of an equitable society through folk elements such as songs, dance, recitations, drama, film, fine arts and literary works. The organisation mixes exotic folk forms with witty lyrics, and is able to reach lots of people – and deliver its message – through this unique form. Sen’s created Udichi has resuscitated more than 10 folk forms and reformed them to spread development messages to 1.5 million people annually. Udichi uses the medium of street theatre to reach out to people with the message of confronting extremism, protecting women from violence, and supporting unity against racial aggression. It continuously performs all over Bangladesh and spreads a message of sustainable peace. Satyen Sen’s philosophy was a folk-based future for peace in Bangladesh. Branches of Udichi were set up at different places of the country under the patronization of the government during the post liberation era. Udichi has more than three hundred branches all over Bangladesh, and branches in USA, UK, Canada, and France. About ten thousand artists and cultural activists are involved in the activities of Udichi.

In 2013, the organization was awarded the Ekushey Padak, the country’s most prestigious award.

Major Activities

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi, the largest anti-communal, progressive and voluntary organization of Bangladesh, played a significant role in all the democratic and cultural movements of Bangladesh.

The primary activities revolve around Peace building, generating awareness about one’s rights using culture as the tool for change making.

Contact Information (Organization)
Website www.udichi.org.bd
Address 14/2 Topkhana Road, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Tel +880 1919-874333
Fax +88029582054
E-mail udichi.bangladesh@gmail.com

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