Cultural Correspondent - may 14, 2009
A two-day children's festival, arranged by non-government organisation Padakkhep Bangladesh, ended yesterday at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library. The festival featured diverse cultural performances, including songs, dances, recitation and staging of theatre by children from across the country.
On the first day, chief guest, Industries Minister Dilip Barua, inaugurated the programme. Among the speakers at a discussion prior to the colourful cultural programme were folk researcher, Dr. Shamsuzzaman Khan; former secretary Syed Margub Morshed and poet Asad Chowdhury. Badal Chowdhury, president, Padakkhep Bangladesh presided over the proceedings.
The first day's cultural pro-gramme, which continued till evening, featured performance by 30 children's troupes. On the second day, the programme started early in the morning with a painting and hand writing competition at the Library premises. At the auditorium, a cultural programme was held at noon, which featured songs, dances and recitation by the children.
Morshedul Islam's children film "Duratta" was screened in the afternoon, while the award and certificate giving ceremony for the painting and hand writing competition was held in the evening. Among others, noted litterateur Imdadul Haque Milon was present at the award-giving programme. Festival co-ordinator Asma Chowdhury Jhuma gave the vote of thanks.
The two-day programme wrapped up with a play, "Swapnalokey." Child artistes of Meghdut Natya Sampraday staged the play.