Published: Monday, April 8, 2013

Gearing up for Pahela Baishakh

Press conference at Chhayanaut

(From left): Pradip Nag, Khairul Anam Shakil, Dr. Sarwar Ali and Debashis Roy at the press conference.

(From left): Pradip Nag, Khairul Anam Shakil, Dr. Sarwar Ali and Debashis Roy at the press conference.

Like every year, cultural organisation Chhayanaut is holding a special programme at Ramna Batamul, in the capital, to welcome the Bangla New Year 1420 on the morning of April 14. Grameenphone is assisting in Chhayanaut’s ‘Borshoboron’ programme.

On the occasion, a press conference was held at Rameshchandra Datta Memorial Auditorium of Chhayanaut building in Dhanmondi yesterday. Vice president of Chhayanaut, Dr. Sarwar Ali; general secretary Khairul Anam Shakil; treasurer Pradip Nag; and head of CSR of Grameenphone, Debashis Roy, spoke at the press conference.

The biggest and the most popular secular festival for every Bengali around the world is Pahela Baishakh or the Bengali New Year. It’s approaching soon. Artistes and students of Chhayanaut are all set to usher in Pahela Baishakh this year in a befitting manner with spontaneous participation from the masses. With alaap set on a morning raga, several instrumentalists will diffuse the welcoming melody on esraj, flute and violin at 6:15am on April 14.

To shake away the old gloom and to rejuvenate the spirit and passion, the artistes will render songs and recite poems at the event. BTV will air the programme live. Private TV channels may also air the programme live taking links from BTV. Apart from this, spectators from around the world can log on to www.chhayanaut.org and www.drik.tv to watch the Borshoboron programme live.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Dhaka are expected to converge at Ramna Batamul, the main venue of the celebrations. Chhayanaut has been observing the day since 1965. Alongside Chhayanaut, a number of cultural organisations with the activists of Ganojagoron Mancha are expected to hold various cultural programmes at the Dhaka University campus area.