Observer Cultural Correspondent
On the occasion of the Martyred Day and International Mother Language Day, Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) is going to organise a five day programme at the National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The event will feature craft fair, film screening, cultural programme and language fair. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will inaugurate the festival as chief guest on February 20. Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will be present as special guest at the inauguration.
About 40 artisans will take at the festival with their time consuming creations. The fair will offer a different range of crafts made from various raw materials like jute, bamboo, cane, cotton, brass, metal, wood and other inexpensive and easily available materials. Moreover, rickshaw paintings, clay artworks, nakshi kantha, jamdani, traditional music instruments, variety of bags, show-pieces, handicrafts and more will be displayed at the fair. Handmade paper, jewellery, decorative pottery, leather goods, traditional Shokher Hari, Shika, Shola, dolls, shell bracelets, embroidery, garlands, and a large variety of fabrics will also be displayed.
As part of the mega event, Zahir Raihan's "Jibon Thekey Neya" will be screened on February 21 at Main Auditorium of National Museum. As part of the festival, singers Kiran Chandra Roy, Farida Parvin, noted elocutionists of the country and dancers will perform at the carnival on February 21.
"The fair will have a vast variety of handicrafts which reflect our culture and tradition. Through this festival we hope to promote the distinctive handicrafts of the participating artisans from different parts of the country," said Jahangir Hussain, Keeper, Department of Contemporary Art and World Civilization, BNM.