Different government and cultural organisations will welcome Bengali New Year 1426 and bid adieu to Bengali year 1425 organising different programmes in Dhaka and across the country.
Following the age-old traditions, the Pahela Baishakh and Chitra Sankranti celebration programmes will feature traditional music, performances, recitations, contemporary songs, dance and others.
Thousands of people, clad in colourful saris and punjabis, will throng the celebration venues to welcome the New Year.
Cultural organisation Chhayanaut will organise its staple Pahela Baishakh celebration programme at Ramna Batomul. The programme will begin at 6:15am with a classical flute recital. The two-hour programme, where over 150 artistes will perform, will feature 13 solo songs, 13 chorus songs and two poem recitations. Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and the official Youtube channel of Chhayanaut will broadcast the event live.
Music school Shurer Dhara and private television channel Channel-i will jointly organise a mega concert titled ‘Hajar Kanthe Barsho Baran’ at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the morning.
One thousand artistes of the music school will join their voices in a chorus to welcome the New Year. Eminent Tagore singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya will lead the choir.
Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University will organise the Mangal Shobhajatra, a colourful procession and a UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritage, at 9:00am. The Mangal Shobhajatra parade will start from the faculty premises and will march through Shahbagh, Ruposhi Bangla intersection, TSC and then return to the faculty.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will organise special programmes at its open field in the afternoon and National Theatre Hall in the evening celebrating Pahela Baishakh.
The programmes will feature traditional performance arts such as lathi khela (tricks with sticks), traditional music, dance and acrobatic show.
Besides, the academy will hold a programme at the open stage at Suhrawardy Udyan.
Bangla Academy will hold a ten-day fair on its premises which will display traditional sweets, books, craft items and others, along with cultural shows. Liberation War Museum will hold a celebration programme at its auditorium at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
Besides, a number of programmes will be organised by different organisations.
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