Saturday, June 14, 2008

Mango fair & Gambhira festival begins in Rajshahi

A three-day Mango Fair and Gambhira Festival began in Rajshahi yesterday with a call for establishing sustainable industries based on huge mangoes produced in the region.

Different local varieties of mangoes were put on display at 12 stalls set up by different government and private horticulture centres, nurseries and individuals of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj on Loknath High School premises.

Different cultural organisations from the two districts rendered Gambhira, a popular folksong and dance of the region, in the afternoon.

Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner M Hafizur Rahman Bhuiyan attended the inaugural ceremony as chief guest while Abdul Matin Khan, president of Amra Rajshahi Basi, chaired the event.

Banglalink, a major mobile network operator in the country, has sponsored it.

President of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hasan Ali, Dr Tosikul Islam, vice-principal of Shah Makhdum College, Amra Rajshahi Basi General Secretary Sayed Ashfakul Hadi and Solaiman Alam, Banglalink head of public relation and communications, addressed the programme.

The speakers said local people feel proud for the quality and popularity of their mangoes and gambhira songs.

They however lamented that a huge quantity of mangoes worth crores of taka are damaged every year due to lack of fruit processing industries.

The speakers also called for gas and power supply in the region to set up industries.

A discussion on Rajshahi's heritage and gambhira will be held on the fair premises today while the programme will come to an end tomorrow amid a ceremony.

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