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Mongol Shobhajatra through the years

  • Published at 03:20 am April 14th, 2017
Mongol Shobhajatra through the years
The Mongol Shobhajatra – a colourful procession on the first day of Bangla year by students and teachers of Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University has become an integral part of Bangali culture. The well decorated carnival with large colourful larger-than-life replicas of birds and animals based on folk motifs from traditional folklores of Bangladesh is a signature event. Dhaka streets with the giant structures of mother and child, the shampan boat, ox, horse, clay dolls, birds, elephants coupled with colourful masks of kings and queens, tigers, owls and many other folk motifs gets a festive look in participation with people from all walks of life. For every Bangla New Year, since 1989, the Fine Arts Faculty had a unique poster for the celebration. Below are some of them: Mongol Shobhajatra poster 1996

1989/ 1396 (Bangla Year)

Art Work: Tarun Ghosh

Poster Design: Nurul Haque Minu Slogan: Botsorer Shob Aborjona Dur Hoye Jak (Let the vice of this year be cleansed) Description: A folk art of Royal Bengal Tiger which symbolises our national pride in vibrant colour on black background expresses a cultural protest against military dictatorship as well as celebration of Bangali cultural heritage. Inspired by faculty members, only fifty students of the Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University worked day and night to bring out the first Mongol Shobhajatra (Anondo Shobhajatra) to celebrate the first day of Bangla year.

  Mongol Shobhajatra 1397

1990/ 1397 (Bangla Year) Poster and Design: Muhammad Khasru Slogan: Dur Hok Shokol Okollyan Esho Gahi Mongoler Joyogaan (Let all malevolence be ended, lets sing a song for peace and harmony) Description: Masks in a solid background and slogan in red and white colour made a call to mass join at the procession for peace and harmony. This year was when the procession was first called “Mongol Shobhajatra.” Bangladeshi journalist and cultural activist Wahidul Haque, and Bangladeshi artist and language movement activist Imdad Hossain proposed this slogan from Tagor’s writings. Bangladesh Charushilpi Shangshad took part with students of the Fine Arts faculty.

Mongol Shobhajatra 1398

1991/ 1398 (Bangla Year)

Art Work: Tarun Ghosh Slogan: Bandh Bhenge Dao Jirno Puraton Bheshe Jak (Break the dams, let the old and wasted wash away) Description: Inspired by Rickshaw painting, a tiger was portrayed in the poster. This year, it was celebration of the end of military dictatorship. At that time, the procession got a festive look to celebrate end of the people's political frustrations.

Mongol Shobhajatra 1400

1993/ 1400 (Bangla Year)

Art Work: Tarun Ghosh Slogan: Bishwamanob Hobi Jodi Kayemone Bangali Ho (If you want to be a citizen of the world, be a Bangali first) Description: This year a national committee was formed to celebrate the procession nationally. Along with Sammilito Sangskritik Jote a cultural programme held at the Fine Arts premises. With that cultural activity spread out based on the procession.

Mongol Shobhajatra 1420

2013/ 1420 (Bangla Year)

Art Work: Saidul Haque Juic Slogan: Rajakar Mukto Bangladesh Muktijuddho Onishshesh (Razakar-free Bangladesh, endless struggle for freedom) Description: The poster with an owl holding snacks in its legs which symbolises protest against war criminals and establish harmony among people. The procession in solidarity with the Shahbagh movement, urged people across the country to embrace this theme for their own processions.

Mongol Shobhajatra 1421

2014/ 1421 (Bangla Year)

Art Work: Saidul Haque Juic Slogan: Jagroto Koro Udyoto Koro Nirvoyo Koro Hey Description: The poster spread out message to stand against religion based extremism and also made a call to express solidarity with the Shahbagh movement.

Mongol Shobhajatra 1422

2015/ 1422 (Bangla Year)

Art Work: Shishir Bhattacharjee Slogan: Onek Alo Jalte Hobe Moner Ondhokare (Bathe with light the darkness in the heart) Description: The theme of this year was to enlighten the spirit of Liberation War and Bangali cultural heritage. The procession also spread out message to remove religious extremism.

Mongol Shobhajatra 1423

2016/ 1423 (Bangla Year) Art Work: Shishir Bhattacharjee Slogan: Antor Momo Bikoshito Koro Anotortoro Hey Description: The theme of this year was to enlighten inner power of soul. Birds of the poster symbolise peace and harmony among mass.

Mongol Shobhajatra 1424

2017/ 1424 (Bangla Year) Art Work: Tarun Ghosh Design: Imran Hossain, Ziaul Haque Slogan: Anondo Loke, Mongol Aloke, Birajo Sottyo Sundro (In the abode of joy and benevolence lies the beautiful truth) Description: Theme of this year is a celebration of international recognition of the initiative that have taken almost three decades ago and expansion of Bangali culture globally.

All the posters were collected from Mangal Shobhajatra and Folk Culture Research and Expansion Centre

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