All set to welcome Baishakh 1428 on limited scale

BTV to telecast programme by Chhayanaut, FFA to hold symbolic Mangal Shobhajatra

Rakib Hasan | Published: 22:58, Apr 12,2021


Masks, props and face shields representing the local tradition are being prepared for symbolic Mangal Shobhajatra at Faculty of Fine Art of Dhaka University. — Sony Ramany

Bengali New Year 1428 will be welcomed on Wednesday through online and symbolic programmes as per decision of the government. Outdoor celebrations of Pahela Baishakh are called off for the second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bangladesh Television will telecast a cultural programme arranged by Chhayanaut at 7:00am. Besides, the programme will be streamed on the YouTube channel of the organisation.

Chhayanaut regularly organises a massive programme at Ramna Batamul in the capital to celebrate Pahela Baishakh every year. The organisation did not arrange the programme in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis and this year’s programme has been cancelled as well.

‘There is no alternative to cancel our programme at the Ramna Batamul this year. Bangladesh Television will air our programme at 7:00am in the morning. We will also stream the programme on our Youtube channel. The programme will feature speech of Chhayanaut president Sanjida Khatun, compilations of chorus songs from the previous years’ programmes. It will also include some videos made this year by our artistes at indoor venue,’ Chhayanaut general secretary Laisa Ahmed Lisa told New Age earlier.

The Faculty of Fine Art of Dhaka University will welcome the Bengali New Year 1428 organising a symbolic Mangal Shobhajatra.

Every year on April 14, students and teachers of the faculty bring out a colourful procession, in which thousands of people from all walks of life take part, as part of the celebration of the Bengali calendar’s first day.

Last year, the Mangal Shobhajatra was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This year, a symbolic event will be held on FFA premises with at least 100 props, which includes masks and face shields. Face shields were incorporated considering the COVID-19 situation.

At Zainul Gallery, a number of teachers and students were seen busy making colourful and different masks and props representing the local tradition on Sunday.

This year’s theme is ‘Kal Bhoyankorer Beshe Abar Oi Ashe Sundar’.

Professor Shishir Bhattacharjee, who was busy colouring a mask, said, ‘The face shields are new invention based on the demand of the time. We are now applying traditional colours in layers to ensure that their users will feel the festive vibe.’

‘Mangal Shobhajatra has become part of our tradition. Every year, we circulate a poster across the country, which bears the slogan, which is also the theme,’ he said and added,  ‘This year we arranged a workshop on poster designing, in which 25 students of the faculty participated.’

Preparation for making props of the Mangal Shobhajatra began on April 6.

DU fine art faculty dean Nisar Hossain said, ‘We are now making preparations for organising a symbolic Mangal Shobhajatra. However, we will strictly maintain social distancing during the programme, which will feature at least 100 items. We will not allow people from press and electronic media. The DU authority will provide a video of the programme to electronic media.’

Earlier, the government asked all organisations and institutions not to celebrate Pahela Baishakh through outdoor programmes and asked to opt for virtual events avoiding mass gatherings. Outdoor celebrations of Pahela Baishakh are called off for the second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, the Dhaka University authorities on March 29 decided to organise a symbolic event on FFA premises on April 14.

The Faculty of Fine Art of Dhaka University initiated the Mangal Shobhajatra procession for the first time in 1989 to celebrate the Bengali New Year with the participation of people from all walks of life.

The celebrations received special importance after getting the recognition of UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage on November 30, 2016.

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