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12:00 AM, January 11, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 11, 2010

A clarion call for more programmes for indigenous people

27 years of BTV programme “Lok Lokaloy”

Chakma, Marma and Tripura men and women take part in the rally. Photo: STAR

Cultural activists, including indigenous people, from Khagrachhari Hill Tracts recently observed the 27th year of BTV programme “Lok Lokaloy”. Amidst festivities, they called for the protection of their rights and culture through more such programmes that would also acquaint people with the lives of the indigenous communities.
Under the banner of Lok Lokaloy Ujjapon Committee, several cultural forums chalked out a day-long programme to mark the day.
Colourfully dressed indigenous girls and children with leaves and flowers in hands and men bearing drums, bows and arrows performed their traditional dances and songs on the hill town streets on Wednesday.
The day's programme began in the morning with a rally of nearly 200 Chakma, Marma and Tripura men, women, girls and students from several schools in Khagrachhari hill districts.
Law Maker from Khagrachhari Constituency Zatindra Lal Tripura formally inaugurated the colourful rally.
Later, a discussion was held at the District Shipakala Academy with Khagrachhari Sadar Upazila Chairman Mohammad Shaney Alam in the chair.
Pointing to BTV's “Lok Lokaloy”, they said the programme has been broadcast from January 6, 1983. At various points of time it was known as “Shankhaparer Teeray”, “Kornapulir Gan”, “Chenghi Parer gan” and now it is broadcast as “LokLokaloy”. Chowdhury Ataur Rahman conducts the programme.
The speakers were cultural personalities Mongsathowai Chowdhury, Abul Kashem, Khagrachhari Press Club secretary Azim Ul Hoq, District Al Vice President Rono Bikrom Tripura, Joint Secretary S.M Shafi and District Shilpakala Academy secretary Ziten Barua.

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