Children gathered to watch bioscope. They are joined by their guardians. Some visitors are having carousel rides. Some are enjoying puppet shows. And, many others are busy to buy handicrafts items or dresses and sarees.
You will get the glimpses of a traditional fair at capital’s Bangla Academy where a Boishakhi Mela is now going on.
The fair began on Pahela Boishakh (1st day of Bengali New Year 1429) and people are thronging to the mela, participated mainly by small entrepreneurs who run cottage industries across the country. Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation and Bangla Academy jointly organised the fair. Country’s largest online platform of SME products oikko.com.bd is partner of the mega event.
The BSCIC and Bangla Academy have been arranging the fair since Bengali year 1385. Patua Kamrul Hasan was one leading personality who initiated the colourful Boishakhi Mela in the capital.
One major dimension of this year’s Boishalhi Mela is Eid Bazar. The organisers hope that the fair, began in second week of holy month of Ramadan, will meet the demand of Eid bazar commodities. The fair will continue till April 28 when Eid shopping will reach its peak.
The fair, being held two years after due to pandemic situation, has attracted more people compared to previous years. People are enjoying the fair in holiday mood and purchasing different items of needs and luxuries. They are highly praising the handworks.
Presented by oikko.com.bd and powered by Indicafe Global, BSCIC Boishakhi Mela was inaugurated by Industries Minister Nurul Mazid Mahmud Humayun. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid was special guest.