To highlight the traditional cultural diversity of indigenous communities from Bandarban, a one-day “Khudra Nri-Gosthir Loko Sangskriti Utsab" was held by Khudra Nri-Gosthi Sangskritik Institute (KNGSI) at the institute on Saturday evening.
Chief guest Cultural Affairs Secretary Dr. Ranajit Kumar Biswas inaugurated the fair. Kwe Shwe Hla, chairman of Bandarban Hill District Council (BHDC), chaired the function.
The chief guest in his speech said, “The ethnic groups of Bandarban and their colourful lifestyles have significantly enriched the culture of Bangladesh.” He also emphasised the need to preserve the varied culture of the indigenous people.
Brigadier General Nakib Ahmed Chowdhury, chief of Bandarban Cantonment; Deputy Commissioner KM Tariqul Islam, and Superintendent of Police Debdas Bhattacharya were the special guests while Maung Nue Sein, director of KNGSI, Bandarban delivered the opening speech.
To mark the festival, elaborate programmes were organised by KNGSIB, including a cultural show, folk songs, pitha utshab and more.
Seven ethnic singers were also honoured by the KNGSIB at the programme: Jathong Sahu, Thew Hoi Khumi, Nogsing Tripura, Baran Chan Chakma, Mong Mong Marma, Long Yan Mro, and Lobkya Tangchangya for their role in promoting ethnic folk songs in the district.
Eleven ethnic groups including, Marma, Mro, Tripura, Bom, Tanchangya, Chakma, Chak, Khyang, Khumi, Lushai and Pangkhua participated in the festival. The Bengali community too was represented in the cultural event.