The two-day 10th Traditional Clay Artisan Festival ended at Ashwini Kumar Hall in Barishal on Tuesday with an awards ceremony where eleven potters were honoured in different categories.
Ministry of cultural affairs and Mritshilpi Sammilon O Sammanana Uddyog jointly organised the festival which featured discussion, cultural shows, photo exhibition and others.
More than 150 potters and clay artisans from different parts of the country, including, Kalaskati, Bakerganj, Baufal, Barishal, Tangail, Naogaon, Faridpur and Rajshahi participated in the festival.
Sushanta Kumar Pal from Rajshahi received Balohari Shaha Memorial Award, Gobinda Kumar Pal from Baufal upazila of Patuakhali district received Chitta Haldar Lifetime Award.
Besides, the organisers honoured Buri Rani Pal, Juthi Rani Pal, Sabita Rani Pal, Sumanta Pal, Sabita Rani Pal, Rupak Chandra Pal, Shova Rani Pal, Netai Pal and Bishwanath Pal for their contribution towards pottery.
Divisional commissioner of Barishal Ram Chandra Das was present as the chief guest at the closing ceremony.
Dean of fine arts faculty at Dhaka University Nisar Hossain, assistant professor at DU fine arts faculty Chinmoyee Shikdar and potter Bishwershar Pal, among others, attended the programme presided over by president of Charukala Barishal Altaf Hossain.
The discussants demanded government support for saving traditional pottery and artisans.
They urged the government to support the potters by establishing a distribution network for selling crafts as potters are finding it difficult to sell their products due to increasing popularity of the cheap plastic items.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Miscellany