Celebrating the bounties of a century -old tradition

With the theme “ Esho Mili Shob –
e Nabanner Utshab – e ”, Nabanna
Utshab – 1421 ( late – autumnal
festival) was held yesterday at
Bakultala , Faculty of Fine Arts on
Dhaka University campus .
Nabanna or “ the festival of new
harvest ” is celebrated by rural
people across the country
during the Bangla month of
Agrahayan ( November –
December ) . Jatiyo Nabanna
Utshab Udjapan Parshad
( JNUUP ) has been holding the
festival in Dhaka since 1999 .
Traditionally poets , painters,
musicians , bauls and people
from all walks of life come
together at this festival. A big
attraction of the celebration is
food . Nabanna Mela ( fair ) is
generally held in the
countryside . The festival that is
celebrated by diverse
communities brings a smile to
hard – working farmers of
Bangladesh .
Nabanna Utshab in Dhaka was
celebrated with great
enthusiasm . Language
Movement veteran Ahmad Rafiq
inaugurated the festival.
Convener of the festival, Shahriar
Salam delivered the welcome
address , while Ekram Ahmed ,
chairman of Public Service
Commission and many others
spoke at the programme . Laila
Hasan , chairperson of JNUUP
presided over the inaugural
ceremony .
The daylong programme featured
solo and choral rendition of folk
songs , songs composed by
Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam,
group dance performances ,
recitation , and a colourful rally
that circled Teachers ‘ and
Students’ Centre ( TSC ) . Children
distributed muri , murki and khoi
among the audience .
The programme began in the
morning with classical flute
recital by Murtaja Kabir Murad .
Artistes of Rabindra Sangeet
Sammilan Parishad presented a
choral song “Choron Nimney
Utshabmoyi ” , composed by
Rajanikanta Sen . Folk singer Abu
Bakar Siddique soulfully
rendered “Mone Sadh Loy” .
Artistes of Udichi and Satyen
Sen Shilpi Goshthi performed
choral songs while artistes of
Nataraj, Bhabna , Spondon ,
Bangladesh Academy of Fine
Arts and Nandan Kalakendra with
indigenous Marma artistes
danced to folk and traditional
songs .
Bangladesh has an age – old
cultural heritage . This rich
tradition was on the verge of
oblivion in the cities of
Bangladesh . The celebration of
Nabanna begins soon after
harvest . There is joy everywhere,
the children frisk in the yard as
the cattle go round and round
threshing the paddy , separating
it from the stalks .
The festival gave city dwellers a
unique opportunity to spend
their weekly holiday joyously .
Many came with their families to
connect the new generation to
their cultural roots . Visitors had
the opportunity to enjoy many
rural delicacies like pitha , muri ,
khoi , khir sold at small stalls at
the venue. City dwellers also had
a taste of traditional delicacies .
In the evening the audience
enjoyed baul songs , poetry
recitation and dance .

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