A two-day children’s literature festival with participation of about 300 authors of children’s literature ended at Bangla Academy on Saturday.
The festival, organised by Chandrabati Academy, was inaugurated on Friday at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of the academy.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith attended the programme as the chief guest. Emeritus professor Dr Anisuzzaman presided over the ceremony.
Chandraboti Academy honoured writer Rafiqul Haque, artists Rafiqun Nabi and Hashem Khan-with children’s literature award at the programme.
Each of the awardees received a crest, uttari and cheque of Tk 50,000.
Following the inauguration, a discussion on late Bangladeshi naturalist and science writer Dwijen Sharma was held. Children’s literature writer Akhter Hossain attended the event as chief guest.
Chandrabati Academy organised the festival as part of a two-year celebrations programme, which commenced in Chittagong last year, marking 200 years of publication of Digdarshan, which may rightly be called a periodical for the youth.
The first issue of Digdarshan came out in April 1818. It contained articles on geography, agriculture, zoology, physics, history, geographical discoveries like that of Columbus, and stories relating to India and Bengal.
In all 26 numbers of the Bangla edition and 16 numbers each of the English and bi-lingual editions were published. The title page of the English edition stated ‘Magazine for Indian Youth’.
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