A regional poetry recitation festival was celebrated with much enthusiasm featuring a rally, recitation, discussion and workshops in Rajshahi on April 27 and 28.
The two-day celebration, jointly organised by Bangladesh Abritti Samannoy Parishad, Rajshahi Abritti Parishad and cultural organisation Swanan, was held at Ghoramara Padma Mancha with the slogan "Jai, Alok Arunodoy, Jai".
Individuals and different recitation forums from Naogaon, Bogra, Rangpur, Satkhira, Rajshahi and adjacent districts, participated in the programmes.
Renowned litterateurs Professor Hasan Azizul Haq and Ruhul Amin Pramanik inaugurated the festival.
"It is cultural identity that divides people into nations around the globe. People get a new lease of life observing festivals, celebrating their own cultures and heritage," Professor Hasan said in his inaugural speech.
Professor Hasan then led a rally going through city streets heralding the celebration.
The festival celebration committee convenor Mohammad Kamal presided over the session. Among others attending the festival were Hasan Arif, assistant general secretary of Dhaka Sammilito Sangskritik Jote; Ahkamullah and Sharif Ahmed Bintu, secretary of Bangladesh Abritti Samannoy Parishad.
Later in the afternoon, Swanan units at Rajshahi University and Rangpur, Kathak of Nageswari and several individuals recited poems at the Padma Mancha.
Dristy of Bogra, Abritti Parshad of Naogaon, Sampratik Abritti Sangsad and Protiddhoni of Satkhira, Sundorom and Abritti Parishad of Rajshahi and others also presented recitals on April 28.
Some 70 participants took part at workshops during the two-day festival.
Similar poetry festivals were held at Monishura in Khulna division, Narayanganj in Dhaka division and will be held at Comilla in Chittagong region soon.
Mayor Minu gets anticipatory bail in extortion case
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to Rajshahi City Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu and two other BNP leaders in connection with an extortion case.
An HC division bench granted their prayer as they surrendered before
the court and sought bail.
On April 21, Shamsul Islam Khan, chairman of Evergreen Model College governing body, lodged the case against Minu and 10 others.
The bench, comprising Justice Nozrul Islam Chowdhury and Justice SM Emdadul Haque, upon a petition, passed the orders.
Advocate Khondaker Mahbubuddin Ahmed and Ruhul Quddus Kazal appeared for the petitioners.
Murder case against Patal filed
A murder case was filed in Natore against former state minister Fazlur Rahman Patal and 16 BNP activists yesterday.
Basirun Nesa, wife of Amjad Hossain of Balitita Islampur in Lalpur upazila, filed the case with a Natore court accusing them of killing her son Shukur Ali on June 1 last year.
The petitioner said BNP cadres at the instance of Fazlur picked up her son and beat him mercilessly to death at Bulu chairman's house in Chongdhupoil.
The court referred the case to Lalpur police for investigation.
Fazlur faces four criminal cases including murder, extortion and land grabbing.