It has become an annual practice for residents of Sagordari and neighbouring areas to entertain their relatives and guests for the last seven days of January with an array of Pitha (cake) including Rosher Pitha, Patishapta and Dhupi.
This occasion -- in a part of Keshabpur upazila in Jessore -- centres the birth anniversary of the great poet and pioneer of Bangla poetry, Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Though the Jessore district administration organises Madhu Mela, a festival to mark the birth anniversary of the great poet in front of the Madhusudan's Zamindar Bari at Sagordari, the festival has spread to surrounding areas.
This year's festival kicked off to celebrate the 190th birth anniversary of Madhusudan at his birth place on January 25 and ended on Friday. Thousands of people visited the Madhu Mela and roamed around the Zamindar Bari, which is a museum now. People from a cross section of society attended the cultural functions including baul and shari songs; poems, plays and dances. Through the fest, eminent writers, cultural personalities, government higher ups and political leaders took part in a discussion on the life and literature of the great poet.
On the last day on the festival, Additional Divisional Commissioner of Khulna, Ashok Kumar Biswas delivered a speech as the chief guest of the programme. Professor Mostafijur Rahman, Sadhon Ranjon Ghosh, Rofiquzzaman, Keshabpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Abu Sayed Mohammad Monjur Alam, special correspondent of The Daily Ittefaq Shamol Sarkar and upazila chairman Amir Hossain spoke on the occasion with Additional Deputy Commissioner Zahurul Haque in the chair.
This year, Khondokar Khasru Parvez of Keshabpur and poet Shahnur Alam of Faridpur got the “Poet Madhusudan Award 2014” for research and literature respectively.
About 500 stalls of sweetmeats, kitchen utensils, toys and more were set up at the festival ground and its adjacent areas. Agriculture technology stall, magic show attracted people. However, a jarring note was the allegation that vulgar dances marred the harmony of Madhu Mela.