A three-day Poush Mela celebrating the spirit Poush, the ninth month on Bengali calendar, is going on amid festivity at the Ramna Batamul in Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital. Poush Mela Udzapan Parishad organised the fair, which began on Friday, featuring a number of pitha stalls, discussion session and cultural programmes. Various artistes have been entertaining the audience with their performances to mark the celebratory month.
Artistes of Wrishijo Shilpy Goshthi presented numbers like Baaje Ki Madhur Surey and Aji Bangladesh-er Hridoy Hotey in chorus.
Cultural organisation Banhishikha depicted the diversity of the six seasons in Bangladesh through its presentation of Chhoy Ritu-er E Bangladesh-e, a folk number that describes unique traits of each of the seasons.
Satyen Sen Shilpy Goshthi entertained audience with Dhan Katibo Kocha Koch, a number that revels the harvest time due in Poush.
Colourful group dance recitals were presented on the opening day. Dancers of Nrityasree brought in a jovial ambiance through their presentation of Poush Phagun-er Pala. Nrittym artistes’ rendition of Dhan Katoner Moushum also entertained.
Noted artiste Bishwajit Roy pleased the audiences with his soulful presentation of legendary bard Radharaman’s popular number Bhromor Koiyo Giya in his tuneful voice. Among other solo performers, Shahdat Hossain Polash grabbed notice.
Recitations were also done in the programme. Noted recitation artiste Rafiqul Islam presented renowned poet Sukanta Bhattacharia’s Prartthi.
About 30 stalls have been laid out in the fair that are serving various traditional pithas of the season.
The stalls are also selling toys and handicrafts in the vibrant arena. The pithas sold in makeshift stalls greatly attracted visitors.
AAMS Arefin Siddique, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, inaugurated the fair as chief guest. Cultural activists Gomal Kuddus and Hasan Arif, noted theatre actor Jhuna Chowdhury, eminent singer Bishwajit Roy, and others talked at the programme.
-With New Age input