Like every year, the premises of Zahir Raihan Auditorium in Jahangirnagar University (JU) took on a festive look yesterday as over a hundred butterflies and their photographs were put on display.
The fluttering of vividly coloured butterflies and a myriad of programmes kept both the young and old mesmerised at the daylong butterfly fair.
Butterflies of around 50 species were exhibited in front of the auditorium and at the university's Butterfly Park and botanical garden.
“They are so beautiful to look at,” said an elated Malbika Nipun, a third-grader who was visiting the fair from the capital with her father.
The zoology department of JU in association with Prokriti o Jibon Foundation and International Union for Conservation of Nature organised the fair, which included a colourful rally, art and photography competitions, photo exhibition and documentary on butterflies.
The theme of the fair was “Urle akashe projapoti, prokriti pai natun gati” (when butterflies fly, nature gets a new life).
Jiban Bikash Karjocrom, a voluntary organisation, was given this year's “Butterfly Award” for its contributions to research on butterfly and overall achievement in the field of zoology.
Fahmina Sarker Borsha, a student of zoology department, received the “Young Butterfly Enthusiast” award.
JU VC Prof Farzana Islam inaugurated the fair. Pro-VC (Education) Prof Nurul Alam, Treasurer Prof Sheikh Md Monzurul Huq, Zoology department Chairperson Prof Monwar Hossain and Prokriti o Jibon Director Mukit Majumder Babu were present.