May 25, 2013 | 11:26 PM (BD Time)
25 May, 2013 Saturday
DU Campus in festive mood
Rasha Binte Mohiuddin:
Bengali new year, 1419 sets in with the rising sun tomorrow (Saturday). To welcome Pahela Baishakh is our tradition for over decades. Like past years Department of Fine Arts University of Dhaka will also observe Pahela Baishakh this year. They are ready to welcome 1419 in a befiting way as thus did in the past. They have made a committee for Pohela Boishakh celebration. Under the leadership of the teachers Department of the Fine Arts namely Shishir Bhattacharya, Nesar Hossen, Abul Barek Alvi the departmental students are performing their best to arrange a huge colourful rally.
They are working hard day and night for the preparation. Whole University is in festive mood now. The students of Fine Arts (Masters 11th batch) are taking preparation for the traditional 'Mangol Shovajatra (Procession for well being). Students of other batches and old students of Fine Arts are also helping them, giving their best effort.
Some are busy in drawing paintings; some are busy making sculptures of frog, horse, elephant, (hati, ghora, bang). They are selling these and with the sale broceeds they are financing the main programme. The Mangol Shovajatra was started in the 1989 by the Department of Fine Arts. From that time it attracts peoples, attention and till now this tradition is going on.
Students of the Department of Fine Arts have made large structures of peacock, owl, boat and many other colourful masks. Many colourful umbrellas are being painted for the Baishakhi rally.
Owners of flower shops are also taking preparation for the day. Many of them have already given orders for flowers in advance for Pahela Baishakh. "Earlier I gave order for different kinds of flowers including roses, gladulous and orchid," said an owner of flower shop.
The boutique shops in the city are also displaying their dresses with new collections for Baishakh. "This year I have designed dresses to combine many bright colours," said Rakhi, a fashion designer and owner of boutique shop Doll's House.
Female students of different Departments are busy in collecting new sharis, bangles and other jewelry to wear those make over items in order to participate in the traditional 'Mangol Shovajatra.
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