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Enthusiasm marks Pahela Baishakh preparations at Charukala

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Dhaka University fine arts students on Wednesday paint a wall as Pahela Baishakh nears. — Sony RamanyDhaka University fine arts students on Wednesday paint a wall as Pahela Baishakh nears. — Sony Ramany

Preparations for celebrating the country’s biggest cultural festival, Pahela Baishakh, are going on at the faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University amid enthusiasm.
Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla month of Baishakh, will be celebrated across the country on April 14.
Like previous years, students of the faculty will bring out a colorful procession in the capital.
On the faculty premises, students are seen working on the paintings, pottery, traditional dolls, well decorated pots, masks and musket.
The cost for doing all these is generated from the sale of art-works, clay pots, masks, show pieces, paintings and watercolors from the beginning of April.
The prices of paintings range from Tk 200 to Tk 5000, while prices of painted ‘sora’ (a clay pot decorated with paintings of animals) start at Tk 150. The most special item ‘kan sora’ costs Tk 600.
Horses made up of clay costs Tk 150, elephant candle stand Tk 250 and big elephant Tk 120.
Small masks cost Tk 150 each and the price of each piece of ‘Tuhin Pakhi’ is Tk 30, said drawing and painting departments MA student Sutoma Saha.
This year 11 batch of the faculty is leading the preparations for the ‘Mangal Shobha Jatra’.
Nobendu Saha Naba, a student of ceramics department, said this year the theme was ‘victory of sea’.
‘We will have a big sampan (boat) which will be led by Royal Bengal Tiger as a symbol of heroism,’ said he.
They were busy working on huge bamboo frames of an elephant, a horse and some birds which will be among the main attractions of this year’s rally.
He told New Age that there would be some dragon puppets as the symbol of ‘not arrested’ and ‘not punished’ war criminals.
When completed, each of these structures will be 15 feet in height, said Naba.
Drawing and painting departments’ student Sutoma said though 11th batch was leading the preparations, all students and even former students as well as teachers of the faculty are joining the preparations.
Zainul Shishu Niketan, which is also known as School Ghar, at the faculty will also be decorated with colourful paintings of birds, elephants, horses and other animals.
On April 13 evening, there will be a ‘Chaitra Sankranti’ programme at Bakultala where the students will perform cultural prograame as a preparation for the next day.
On April 14 morning, there will be a ‘Pravat Baran’ programme with the faculty students cleaning the premises at sun rise, which symbolises the efforts to remove previous year’s sorrows.
Mangal Shobha Jatra will start on the faculty premises at 10:00am and it will parade Shahbagh, Ruposhi Bangla intersection, Shahbag, TSC and then return to the faculty.
There will also be a puppet show at the faculty through out the Pahela Baishakh celebrations.




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