A two-day traditional crafts fair ended at the Ashwini Kumar Hall in Barisal city on Wednesday.
More than 200 clay artisans from different parts of the country like Kalaskati, Bakerganj of Barisal, Paharpur of Naoga, Shariatpur and Rajshahi areas participated at the event, which aimed at promoting environment friendly clay pottery items.
The cultural affairs ministry and Charukala Barisal has been organising the event since 2009 under an initiative titled ‘Mritshilpi Sammilon O Sammanana Uddyog’.
Habibur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Barisal, was present as the chief guest at the closing ceremony, which was presided over by president of district Puja Udjapon Parishad Rakhal Chandra Dey.
Among others, dean of fine art faculty of Dhaka University artist Nisar Hussain and teachers of DU fine art faculty teachers Sk. Afzal Hossain, Chinmoyee Shikdar, Indian artist Sudeep Roy and principal of Charukala Institute Narayanganj Shamsul Alam spoke at the event.
The speakers said clay artisans in the country are facing uneven competition due to cheap plastic products which have flooded the market.
They urged the government to take initiative to promote traditional environment friendly clay made pottery items.
The closing day’s programme also included an awards ceremony. Pottery artisan Anil Chandra Pal received Late Artist Balohari Saha award, while artisans Buli Rani Pal and Juthi Rani Pal jointly received Late Artist Chitta Haldar award at the event.
Bappy Majumder, member secretary of Mritshilpi Sammilon O Sammanana Uddyog and secretary BRU, said MSOSU will continue to arrange programmes regularly to promote traditional craft items.
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