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16 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Pahela Baishakh celebrated

DU CORRESPONDENT
Pahela Baishakh celebrated
People from all walks of life take part in Mangal Sobhajatra, a ‘procession for peace’ organised by the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University, at Shahbagh in the capital on Sunday to welcome and celebrate the Bengali New Year 1426. Star Mail Photo

The nation celebrated Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year 1426, with different organisations putting up various programmes across the country on Sunday keeping up with in the vein of rich Bengali cultural heritage based on ritual rhythms of rural life for renewing a pledge to build a prosperous Bangladesh.

The programmes of the day began at dawn across the country and the main event of the day started with the musical soiree of Chayanat, a leading cultural organisation of the country, at Ramna Batamul, where over 100 of singers performed to welcome Bangla new year leaving behind all odds and sorrows of old year.

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities celebrated Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla New Year 1426, with elaborate colourful

programmes on Sunday. With the theme ‘Mastak tulite dao ananta akashe’ (‘Let us raise our heads towards the infinite sky’), the DU’s Fine Arts faculty brought out the traditional ‘Mangal Shobhajatra’ from its premises at 9am with a call for unity. DU vice-chancellor Prof. Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the procession.

Mangol Shobhajatra is a pride for the Bangalee Nation as the march has got the recognition of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Pro-VC (administration) Prof. Dr Muhammad Samad, proctor AKM Golam Rabbani, Fine Arts faculty dean Prof. Nisar Hossain and others were present at the rally.

Before inaugurating the procession, the DU VC said: “The Bengali New Year is a universal and non-communal cultural festival for years. Through this, we feel liberal, human and non-communal consciousness. The celebration of the non-communal, liberal and human values of this festival should remain in the people of the whole country. This would be the main pledge of our nationwide festival. The anniversary is not just the tradition to protect our heritage, it also motivates us to become humans with values.”

“Not just the people of Bangladesh, people of many countries of the world celebrate the colourful festival of the New Year. Pahela Boishakh is a courageous way for us. Let the New Year bring happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone’s life—this is our expectation,” the DU VC added.

Earlier, at 8am, a musical event titled ‘Esho he Baishakh’ was organised by the DU Music department. The DU VC inaugurated the programme as the chief guest at Battala in front of the Arts Building on the campus.

The DU VC, Arts Faculty dean Prof. Dr Abu Md Delwar Hossain and Music department chairman Tumpa Samaddar were present on the occasion.

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