Reviving rich Bengali culture, heritage and lost social values has become imperative for building a peaceful, non-communal Bangladesh by eliminating terrorism and militancy from the society, reports BSS
The view came at separate discussions organised by different socio-cultural, literary and educational institutions marking the traditional Basanta Utsab-1423 to welcome the first day of Falgun, the 11th month of Bengali Year, in the city. The youths and students, wearing traditional dresses and red-bordered yellow sarees gathered at the central Shaheed Minar to welcome the Pahela Falgun by singing Tagore’s ‘Aha Ajee Ae Basante, Kato Ful Fote….’ or reciting “Ajee Basanto Jagrata Dware……”
The District Shilpokola Academy, Rangpur Sahittya-Sangskritik Parishad (RSSP), Sound Touch, Sommilito Sangskritik Jote and dozens of other organisations chalked out programmes to welcome Basanta. The programmes included colourful rallies, recitation of spring poems, musical soiree, drawing and dance competitions, cultural functions and discussion highlighting Nazrul’s famous romantic song “Ashe Basanta Fulabone, Shaje Banobhumi Sundari—.” The central Shaheed Minar area at Public Library premises, Surovi Uddyan, Chikleer Beel and other parts of the city wore festive looks and featured mainly by recitation of Basanta poems, singing of songs and rendering dances. Former Mayor of defunct Rangpur municipality and noted cultural personality Kazi Md Junnon attended the main discussion organised by the District Shilpokola Academy at its auditorium as the chief guest. With District Cultural Affairs Officer Nujhat Tabassum Rimu in the chair, Trainers of Shilpokola Academy Ahsan Habib and Ashikul Islam Polash, among others addressed the function, conducted by Trainer Razzaque Murad. Like many other organisations, RSSP, a renowned cultural and literarily organisation, chalked out programmes at Town Hall premises in celebrations of the traditional Basanta Utsab through welcoming the first day of Falgun in the city. The programmes included discussion, recitation of self-composed poems, poems of noted poets, rendering songs and cultural evening focusing on love and influence of Basanta on Bengali culture and life. The chief guest welcomed the Basanta, the advent of Falgun and said that proper nurturing of the rich Bengali culture and heritage would definitely build a peaceful and developed Bangladesh free from militancy, terrorism and drug addiction. In her concluding speech, Nujhat Tabassum Rimu stressed on flourishing the prideful Bengali culture to revive its past glories for building a non-communal Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.