A 15-day Baishakhi Mela-1429 has started on the premises of Bangla Academy in a joint venture of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSIC) and Bangla Academy.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun inaugurated the fair on Thursday (April 14) as the chief guest. Director General of the Academy Muhammad Nurul Huda presided over the function.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
State Minister for Culture KM Khalid, Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana and Secretary of the Ministry of Culture were present as special guests. Abul Mansur. BSIC chairman Muh will give a welcome speech on the occasion. Mahbubur Rahman.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun said the Baishakhi festival is a glorious legacy of Bangladesh’s rich culture. Surrounding it, a kind of union and unity is formed among all people irrespective of race-religion-caste or rich-poor.
Mentioning that Baishakhi Mela is an integral part of the ancient cultural heritage of Abhaman Bengal, the Industries Minister said that the fair has been organized in villages and towns for thousands of years but now it is also being organized in cities and towns. Today’s Baishakhi Mela organized on the premises of Bangla Academy is a shining example. It is giving the city dwellers a chance to enjoy Anabil Anand even if only for a moment.
The Industries Minister further said that the fair has a close relationship with the marketing and display of small and cottage industries products of the country. The fair plays an important role as a place for buying and selling small and cottage industries. Not only sound education but his alertness and dedication too are most required. Therefore, fair is one of the means of development and expansion of product marketing system.
Speaking as the special guest, State Minister for Culture KM Khalid said, “Holy Boishakh is the biggest public and non-communal festival of Bengalis irrespective of religion and caste.” This Bengali New Year celebration was banned by the then Pakistani military government in 1956. Ignoring the government restrictions, the people of East Bengal, inspired by the nationalist cultural spirit, joined the New Year celebrations in a row.
The 100 stalls of the fair have a variety of handicraft and cottage industries made by BSCIC trained entrepreneurs. From the fair, buyers can buy handicrafts, nakshikantha, jute goods, boutiques products, jewelery, leather goods, organic foods, electronics products, honey and various daily necessities.
The fair will be open to the public every day from 9 am to 8 pm and will run for a fortnight.
According to the organizers, BSCIC is helping all cottage, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (CMSMEs) to promote and market their products by organizing fairs and buyer-seller conferences across the country. In continuation of this, Baishakhi Mela has been organized at Bangla Academy premises to celebrate Bengali New Year 1429 and to help CMSME entrepreneurs in marketing their products.