The preparations for Mangal Shobhajatra, the annual procession brought out by the fine arts students of Dhaka University celebrating Pahela Baishakh, began on faculty of fine arts premises on Thursday.
Noted artist Rafiqun Nabi inaugurated the Mangal Shobhajatra-1425 preparations on FFA premises. Dean of the faculty of fine arts Nisar Hossain, teachers and students of FFA were present at the programme.
This year the 20th batch of FFA is leading the preparations for the Mangal Shobhajatra-1425.
The students will be raising funds for the upcoming procession by selling paintings, potteries, masks and others made by the teachers and students of FFA till April 13.
FFA students have been organising Mangal Shobhajatra since 1989. The colourful procession, which was inscribed on Unesco’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016, has become a signature event of Pahela Baishakh celebration in Bangladesh.
FFA students carrying gigantic replicas of birds, fish, animals and other motifs take part in the procession, which is considered an expression of the secular identity of the Bangladeshi people.
Besides, different government and cultural organisations and educational institutions across the country bring out Mangal Shobhajatra on Pahela Baishakh every year.
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