The cultural arena across the country celebrated Pahela Baishakh with an array of cultural programmes.
Cultural and musical groups started off the first day of the Bangla year with songs and other performances at city parks while students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University and youngsters brought out a “Mongol Shobhajatra” in the morning as part of the carnival.
The day broke with the chirping of birds as usual, but the singing of “Esho hey Baishakh esho esho” everywhere in Bangladesh gave the day really a festive dimension.
Ramna Batamul appeared as the main attraction of the New Year celebrations as “Chhayanaut” and other cultural groups have been staging traditional functions since morning.
Chhayanaut welcomed Bangla New Year 1425 on Saturday hoping to erase grimy staffs and wipe out back-dated garbage gathered in previous year as well as to welcome the newish, youthful and beauty with the hope of a better future.
At least 150 singers under the banyan tree in Ramna Park were probing these through Bangla songs and Bangla poem recitation.
Thousands of visitors were bristling from early morning in Ramna park to start the first day with the performance of the prominent cultural organisation.
Every year Chhayanaut arranges the welcoming programme which is a five decades’ tradition where many artistes of their institution welcome the Nababarsho under the banyan tree.
Women artistes wearing off-white cotton shari and men light olive color Panjabi begun the programme at 6.15am.
The theme of this year’s programme is ‘Search for the roots in light of the globalisation’ and through the slogan they want to create values against brutal mentality as well as distribute it among the young generation.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) was organised an elaborate programme featuring solo and group dance recitals, songs and recitations on the premises of BSA.
At the event, prominent singers Anima Ray, Priyanka Gope, Saidur Rahman Boyati, Kangalini Sufia and Rafiqul Alam rendered solo music, while Jayanta Chattopadhyay, Nirmalendu Goon, Laila Afroz, Dahlia Ahmed and Kazi Bushra Ahmed Tithi recited poems.
Besides, a ‘Baishakhi Festival’ was held at Charukala. The day-long festival was featured Nagordola, jewellery shop, food shop and many more.
A Baishakhi concert was also held at Dhaka University campus, where eminent artistes of the country performed.
Bangla Academy also observed the day with different programmes including discussion and cultural programme to mark the day in a befitting manner.
Presided over by language veteran veteran Ahmad Rafique, Bangla Academy Director General Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan delivered the welcome speech, while researcher Abul Momen delivered the New Year speech.
The academy also arranged a ten-day Baishakhi Mela to celebrate the Bengali New Year 1425.Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu inaugurated the festival at 04:00 pm on Saturday.
Sunsilk Hajaro Konthe Borshabaran: Channel i, popular private TV channel of the country in association with Surer Dhara, was celebrated Bangla New Year 1424 through a mega programme ‘Hajaro Konthe Borshabaran’ with a thousand voices of talented artistes from across the country.
Just like the previous years, the gala celebration was held on the open premises of Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the city.
For the 5th time, Sunsilk and Channel i have come together to celebrate the beauty and confidence of the youth through an event for the new year.
People all ages including foreigner were attend the programme and enjoyed Pahela Baishakh with the celebrities like eminent Rabindra Sangeet singer also chairman of Surer Dhara Rezwana Choudhury Bannya.
The 7th edition of the event is supported by Unilever’s Sunsilk.
Rezwana Choudhury Bannya and other well known artistes held the audience spellbound by rendering some hit songs like Ohto Othore Bipole provat Gare Jai re….
Anchored by Amirul Islam and Shahidul Alam Sachchu, prominent singers Md. Khurshid Alam, Rabindranath Ray, Rafiqul Alam, Bappa Mazumder, Ayub Baccu, LRB and others were performed on the occasion.
Channel I Managing Director Faridur Reza Sagar gave the inaugural speech while, Shaikh Siraj, Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, among others, were present on the occasion.
The BICC premises was decorated with the Bengali’s cultural and heritage, where several stalls consisting of traditional home decors, jewelers making of clay, Skep, brass, jute; pithas, nakshi kantha and many more display their products.
Channel i was aired the programme till 12 pm.
The whole event was live streamed directly from Sunsilk facebook page.
Alponay Baishakh 1425: The unveiling ceremony of “Alponay Baishakh 1425” was held at the capital’s Manik Mia Avenue on Friday night to welcome the Bangla New Year 1425.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury indurated the drawing of 1.5km long graffiti where Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was also present as the special guest.
The drawing of Alpona (graffiti) continued till the dawn of Saturday, the Pahela Baishakh.
Sponsored by Berger Paints, Asiatic EXP organised this year’s graffiti drawing event, said a press release.
More than 300 artists including students and cultural minded people from different parts of the city attended the event.
Among others, Managing Director of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited Rupali Chowdhury, Asiatic 360 Vice Chairperson Sara Zaker and renowned painter Mohammad Moniruzzaman were present.
Beside, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote was arranged a celebration programme, which was held at Dhanmondi’s Rabindra Sarabor from 4pm to 7pm.
As part of the programmes to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, National Museum was organised a cultural function on Bangali culture at the Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium on April 13. Singer Shama Rahman performed at the function.
Besides, different singers already released their baishakhi album ahead of Pahela Baishakh.
Besides these, different private TV channels and Radio stations aired different programmes to celebrate the day.