A 26-foot-high sculpture of traditional musical instrument ektara, built here commemorating Fakir Lalon Shah, his guru Siraj Shai and disciples Duddu Shah and Panju Shah will be inaugurated next month.
Harinakundo Upazila Parishad built the ektara sculpture, largest of its kind in the country, at a cost of Tk 2 lakh, in Harinakundo upazila headquarters recalling the mystics, said MA Mozid, chairman of the upazila.
Shawan Sardar, a student of the Department of Art and Crafts of Rajshahi University, built it in June. It took 15 days to complete the construction work, he said.
“We are extremely proud of this sculpture,” said the upazila chairman.
The sculpture will be inaugurated in December, said Ekramul Haque Liku, regional coordinator of Bangladesh Gram Theatre.
The long cherished desire of cultural people of the area has been met through construction of the sculpture, said Liku, also the chief patron of the sculpture.
“It is our pride and heritage which will bear testimony to the devotion of Lalon devotees. The Lalon songs will stir the mind of devotees and the next generation,” he said.
Lalon devotee Shariful Islam of Khazura village in Jhenidah Sadar upazila said they use ektara, a musical instrument, while performing Lalon songs on stage. This symbol will encourage them to go ahead.
Another Lalon devotee, Jahura Khatun of Harinakundo upazila headquarters, said she performs palagaan (a kind of traditional performing art) in different districts of the country. She is extremely fond of Lalon songs. She feels proud of this sculpture.