A three-day Poush Mela featuring traditional pithas (cakes) and cultural shows commenced on Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka on Saturday.
Poush Mela Udjapon Parishad in association with Bangla Academy has organised the fair.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the fair on Saturday morning.
Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji, people’s song singer Fakir Alamgir, thespian Jhuna Chowdhury and recitation artiste Ahkam Ullah spoke at the inaugural ceremony.
Poush Mela Udjapon Parishad general secretary Biswajit Roy delivered the welcome speech at the programme, presided over by its president Ghulam Quddus.
‘The aim of the fair is to promote our traditional food items and cultural practices among the younger generation. I invite all to visit the fair,’ said Ghulam Quddus.
The fair features over 50 stalls displaying different types of pithas including Pooli, Shabji, Bhapa, Chitoi, Patishapta, Pakan, Kulshi, Pata, Jhuri, Muthi and others, which are usually made throughout the winter season across the country, various pottery and handicraft items.
‘We have been participating in the Poush Mela since 2014. So far, we have received good response from the visitors,’ Salma Akter, a stall owner, told the New Age.
Abu Bakar Siddique, Sharmin Sathi, Firdousi Kakoli, Adiba Rahman Setu and others rendered songs at the inaugural ceremony.
Artistes of different cultural organisations like Udichi Shilpi Goshthi, Nibedon Shilpi Goshthi, Bonhishikha and Satyen Sen Shilpi Gosthi entertained the audience presenting songs.
Besides, artistes from different dance troupes like Kathak Nritya Sampraday, Nrityam, Spandan and Nrityajan performed colourful dance recitals to the delight of the audience.
Gaibandha-based Jatra troupe Chintak staged ‘Behula-Lakhinder’ on the evening at Nazrul Mancha of the academy.
A Tangail-based Jatra troupe will stage ‘Shongjatra’ in the evening today while different troupes will perform songs, dances and recitations.
Jatra troupe Bangladesh Bani Opera will stage ‘Alomoti Prem Kumer’ on the concluding day of the festival.
‘It is indeed a great initiative. Such fairs remind us of traditional village fairs that are held during the winter season,’ Sharmin Hossain, a visitor at the fair, told New Age.
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