The two-day national conference and cultural festival of Khelaghar began on Friday on the open premises of Bangladesh Shishu Academy.
National professor Anisuzzaman inaugurated the event titled ‘Khelaghar Jatiya Sammelan 2019’.
Following which, a cultural show was held where Khelaghar artistes presented a chorus dance recital synchronised with songs like Amra to shoinik shantir shoinik and Amader jibon amra urbo to the delight of the audience.
Kendrio Khelaghar Ashor general secretary Md Sahabul Islam Babu delivered the welcome speech.
Posts and telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar was present as the chief guest, while Dhaka University vice chancellor professor Md Aktaruzzaman, Dhaka University Sanskrit department professor Niranjan Adhikari, Bangladesh Shishu Academy director Anzir Liton and others were present as special guests at the inaugural ceremony.
Kendrio Khelaghar Ashor chairman Panna Kaiser presided over the programme.
‘The children are the future of our nation. We fought against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 so that we could give the younger generation a better tomorrow. We must not forget that. Every child is born a genius. If nurtured properly, the children will grow up as enlightened citizens who will guide the country to prosperity. I wish Khelaghar all the best in its future endeavours,’ said Mustafa Jabbar.
‘Khelarghar and Kochi Kachar Mela have been working together to spread cultural practices among children. I urge the parents to encourage their children to participate in cultural activities so that they can grow up as enlightened human beings,’ he added.
‘We want to give the children a platform where they can blossom. We want to promote scientific thinking, secularism and patriotism among children,’ said Panna Kaiser.
The organisers honoured national professor Anisuzzaman with Shahidullah Kaiser Smriti Padak.
Later, a colourful procession was brought out.
Khelaghar was founded on May 2 in 1952 with the publication of a literary page of the same title for children in the Daily Sangbad.
Poet Habibur Rahman was the key person behind the organisation. Centring the Bangshal office of Daily Sangbad, many units of Khelaghar emerged. The aim of the organisation is to rear up children as secular, science oriented and responsible citizens. It encourages children to study literature, culture, science and technology as well as creative works.
The festival will end today. Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Kaler Kantho editor Imdadul Haq Milan, Dhaka University pro-vice-chancellor Muhammad Samad, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and others are scheduled to attend the closing ceremony.
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