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Bijoy Sarkar Fair held in Narail

  • Published at 06:58 pm December 4th, 2018
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Deputy Commissioner Begum Anjuman Ara and Superindent of Police Md Jashimuddin inaugurate the Bijoy Sarkar Fair in Narail on Tuesday; December 4, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Bijay Krishna Adhikari was born in Dumudi village under Sadar upazila of Narail in February 20, 1903

In order to commemorate the 33rd death anniversary of poet, baul singer, lyricist and composer Bijoy Sarkar, a fair named after the poet has been held in Narail.

Deputy Commissioner Begum Anjuman Ara and Superindent of Police Md Jashimuddin inaugurated the two-day fair as the chief and special guest, respectively, on Tuesday.

In addition to performances of Bijoy's folk music, such as "dhuyogaan" and "patgaan", singing competitions and other events were organized on the first day of the fair. 

On Wedneday evening, Kaviyals (folk singers) from across the country will perform Kavigan music at the end of the fair. 

In addition, a two-day exhibition by artist Baldev Adhikari is being held, to showcase the life and works of Bijoy Sarkar. Bijoy's followers from India did not attend the event this year, due to the upcoming election.

Bijay Krishna Adhikari was born in Dumudi village under Sadar upazila of Narail in February 20, 1903.

After completing his education up to the tenth grade at a local school, he served as a teacher in Tabra Primary School for a short time, and then started performing folk music and acting in Jatras (plays).

Although his name was Bijoy, he received the title "Sarkar" for his contributions to music, poetry. He is popularly known as "Crazy Bijoy".

While undergoing treatment in Calcutta, India, he breathed his last on December 4, 1985, and was buried in West Bengal.

In 2013, Bijoy Sarkar was posthumously awarded the Ekushey Padak.