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‘Sultan Mela’ draws crowds

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Narail
‘Sultan Mela’ draws crowds
The photo taken on Wednesday shows a partial view of Sultan Fair in Narail. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

The 12-day-long ‘Sultan Mela’, held to mark the 95th birth anniversary of renowned painter SM Sultan, is drawing crowds from Narail and adjacent districts of the country and even from India’s West Bengal state. The fair was inaugurated at the Sultan Manch in Narail on January 16. The divisional commissioner of Khulna, Dr Md. Anwar Hossain Hawladar, inaugurated the fair on that day by freeing balloons. The fair will conclude on Monday. The state minister for the local government ministry, Swapan Bhattacharya, is scheduled to attend the concluding session of the fair as the chief guest.   

The fair, organised by the SM Sultan Foundation, includes an art competition, an international art camp, an art exhibition, a discussion meeting attended by renowned artists and art critics of the country, a cultural function every night organised by 34 cultural organisations of the country, ‘lathi khela’, ‘ha-du-du’, wrestling, cycling, bull race, van race and other games and events.  

The premises of Sultan Manch and Shishuswarga of Masimdia village are wearing a festive look for the fair. The most colourful among the programmes at the fair was the international art camp, arranged here for the second time. A total of 20 artists from Bangladesh, India and Zimbabwe are taking part in the camp and demonstrating their skills in front of the public. Another spectacular programme is the international art exhibition, with a total of 150 pieces of art from 11 countries, including the US, Germany, India and Zimbabwe, being exhibited here.

Hazvineyi Bridget Mutasa, a 35-year-old participant from Zimbabwe at the international art camp, said, “I had a long-cherished wish to visit the birthplace of celebrity artist SM Sultan. This year, I didn’t miss the opportunity. I’m very delighted to come here and take part in the art camp. The people are very hearty and hospitable here.” Mihir Das, 55, from West Bengal said, “This is the sixth time I am attending the fair. Sultan is my favourite painter.”

SM Sultan, known by the moniker of Lal Mia, was born on August 10, 1924, at Masimdia village in Narail. He received Ekushe Padok in 1982 and Swadhinata Padak in 1993 for his outstanding contributions to painting. He died on October 10, 1994, at Jessore Combined Military Hospital. 

 

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