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Ashwini Mela ends in Barisal

Update : 06 Apr 2014, 07:14 PM

Ashwini Mela, a three-day country fair named after Mahatma Ashwini Kumar Dutta, renowned political leader in the Indian subcontinent, ended yesterday at Ashwini Dutta School in Batajor, his native village in Gaurnadi upazila, Barisal.

The fair had started on Thursday afternoon.

There were more than 100 stalls at the fair that showcased handicrafts, books, toys, traditional foods and sweetmeats, and many other items.

Other events included discussions on Ashwini Dutta’s life and legacy, cultural functions, dramas and folk-based functions and competitions.

Advocate Talukdar Muhammad Yunus, local Awami League lawmaker, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony organised by the fair management committee on Saturday night. Sadananda Chakraborty, vice president of the fair organising committee and former headmaster of the school, presided over the closing ceremony.

Abdur Rob Haoladar, president of the fair organising committee and school managing committee, Krishnakanta Haoladar, member and secretary of the fair organising committee and the present headmaster of the school, cultural activists Maruf Ahmed Bappi, Archana Banik, Taslima Begum and Siddikur Rahman, and Wahid Al Mamun Lovlu, one of the organisers, also addressed at the ceremony, among others.

Before the ceremony ended, Ashwini Padak was awarded to social worker philanthropist Bijoy Krishna Dey and 30 students received Shaheed Abdur Rob Serniabat scholarships.

An educationist, philanthropist and social reformer, Ashwini Dutta was a pioneer in supporting the cottage and handicraft industry, rural cultural activities and also spreading the light of education in the region. The fair, organised in his memory, has been taking place since 1997 on the premises of the school that was establised by him, said Abdur Rob. 

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