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Two Indian artists break visa rules, perform in Dhaka

Two Indian artists break visa rules, perform in Dhaka

 Feb 14, 2018

Two Indian artists have broken rules by performing at a Shilpokola Academy function after coming to Dhaka on tourist visas. The incident has enraged Bangladeshi artists, who allege the Indian artists have dodged taxes by doing the programme in this manner. 

West Bengal Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Bakshi's wife Sahana Bakshi and his sister-in- law Soumi Bhattacharya performed at the function on Tuesday. Officials said the Indian artists came to Bangladesh on tourist visa. They had not declared they would perform in Bangladesh. If they do so, it will be illegal under Bangladesh's existing law," an official said.

Following the rules, the organisers of any programmes in Bangladesh have to get permission of the ministries of foreign, cultural affairs, home, and information along with clearances of the National Board of Revenue or NBR and the National Security Intelligence or NSI if they want to bring in a foreign artist. Foreign artists can perform in any programmes in Bangladesh only on these clearances.

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