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The city put on a colourfully festive look yesterday celebrating Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring.

Socio-cultural organisations and educational institutions held a wide range of programmes to mark the day.

Jatiya Bashanto Utshav Udjapan Parishad organised programmes in two phases. The first phase began with recitation of Bangla poems and instrumental music at 7:15am at Bakultala of the Institute of Fine Arts.

Noted singer Priyanka Gop presented classical songs. The parishad then brought out a procession from the institution that ended around 10:00am.

In the second phase, a cultural programme sponsored by a mobile phone operating company was held around 3:30pm at Bakultala. The programme was broadcast live by different television channels.

The programme organisers and artistes started off the cultural functions after voicing their demand for the trial of war criminals.

Thousands of visitors thronged Dhaka University campus in celebration of the day and enjoyed various events including chorus songs, folk dance, folk music, dance of indigenous people, recitation of poems, drama, etc. and procession.

Girls in Bashonti (yellow) sharees with floral ornaments, and boys in colourful panjabis were seen on the campus participating in various events in jovial mood.
Many bands performed concerts at different points of the campus.

As the programme intensified, the queue at the entrance of Fine Arts institute grew longer and TSC compound became more and more crowded.
Security at the entrance was stepped up to manage the gathering.

The huge crowd caused severe tailbacks in the areas adjacent to the university campus.
Another cultural programme organised by the parishad was held at Robindra Sharobor of the city's Dhanmondi in the morning.

Working-class people also joined the celebration. Women and children of this underprivileged section were found selling bangles, flower garlands, etc. Students of the institute were seen painting motifs on visitors' cheeks and hands.
Different private universities and colleges also arranged programmes marking the day. 

Source: The Daily Star


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