Pahela Baishakh celebrations in public places will be decided in April as the threat of coronavirus infection is rising, concluded a meeting of authorities concerned on Sunday afternoon.
The meeting was held at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, International Theatre Institute honorary president Ramendu Majumder, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, DU fine arts faculty dean Nisar Hossain, Chhayanaut vice-president Khairul Anam Shakil, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy secretary Badrul Anam Bhuiyan, among others, were present at the meeting.
About the meeting decision, cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal on Monday said, ‘If the situation improves, we will organise the Pahela Baishakh celebrations in public places. If the situation worsens, we will cancel the programmes.’
Faisal Hasan, senior information officer of cultural affairs ministry, said, ‘We will take a decision on Pahela Baishakh celebrations after a meeting on April 1 or 2.’
Education ministry shut down all institutions across the country amid coronavirus fear.
Bangladesh on Saturday imposed a ban on all travellers’ entry into the country from the European countries except England.
It also suspended visa-on-arrival facilities for all countries for two weeks.
Dean Nisar Hossain said, ‘We are waiting for the government decision though it has already urged all to avoid mass gathering.’
‘If the situation worsens, we will organise Mangal Shobhajatra in a small scale. We have plans that the students will make masks and crafts from their home and we will try to avoid the mass gathering on the day,’ added Nisar Hossain.
Chhayanaut vice-president Khairul Anam Shakil said, ‘We proposed the ministry for arranging the programme like the previous years. The government, however, closed all educational intuitions, but called for arranging Bangabandhu’s birth centenary programme in an alternative way.’
‘We will make alternative plans to hold our programme at Ramna Batamul. A record on a programme of a cultural session at Ramna Batamul or a live telecast of a programme at Ramna may be the alternatives,’ said Khairul Anam Shakil.
Ramendu Majumder said, ‘It is very difficult to arrange a programme like Pahela Baisakh celebrations in this situation. I think that the celebrations should be arranged in a small scale by avoiding mass gathering.’
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