A two-day 'Bashonti Uthsab' organised by the Shamakal Shurid Shamabesh (a readers' forum) concluded amidst much festivity last Saturday in Sylhet.
The festival began with an art competition for children at the central Shaheed Minar in the city last Friday morning. Shamim Akhter (widow of a freedom fighter Akhtar Ahmed), president of the Sylhet district unit of Jatiya Nari Jote, formally inaugurated the event.
Prizes were handed among the winners in three groups. The concluding day's events included a poetry contest, discussion and a cultural programme.City Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran was the chief guest at the event. Saikat Habib, chief of Sylhet divisional chapter of Shamakal Shurid Shamabesh, and its adviser Lokman Ahmed spoke as special guests at the concluding function held at the Zila Parishad auditorium.
Shahjalal University unit of the readers' forum also organised a function at the 'C' building on campus last Friday evening. Eminent cultural activist Pandit Ramkanai Das was accorded a reception at the programme. Shahjalal University Students' Affairs adviser, Dr. Ilyas Uddin Biswas, spoke on the occasion. A daylong workshop on writing was a part of the programme. Saikat Habib conducted the programme.