Iran Cultural Centre, Dhaka, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, celebrated Pahela Baishakh and Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, through a programme held at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
The programme featured discussion and a cultural show.
Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, state minister for shipping, was present as the chief guest at the programme. Thespian Mamunur Rashid and Iranian visiting professor at Persian Language and Literature department of Dhaka University Dr Kazem Kahdouei were present as special guests at the programme, presided over by Liaquat Ali Lucky.
‘Various ethno-linguistic groups worldwide have been celebration Nowruz as the beginning of the New Year for the last 5,000 years. Nowruz used to be celebrated in old Dhaka very vibrantly few decades ago. Both Nowruz and Pahela Baishakh have become secular festivals respectively in Iran and Bangladesh,’ said Mamunur Rashid.
‘Nowruz is the national festival in Iran. It is celebrated on March 20 or 21 by all to welcome the New Year. The festival celebrates diverse traditions of Iranian people,’ said Dr Kazem Kahdouei.
Following the discussion, students of DU Persian Language and Literature department presented songs and poems associated with Nowruz and Pahela Baishakh, while local artiste Pulok Ghosh entertained the audience singing Fakir Lalon Shah’s songs like Kanar hantbazar and Dekh na mon.
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