People in Chittagong city drew a 37,500sq-ft alpana (painting) on roads in the DC Hill area on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh, a strong and appropriate response to the incident on Tuesday when unidentified vandals spilled motor oil to damage artwork on a wall.
Some 71 students of fine arts of Chittagong University drew the alpana overnight on the eve of Pohela Boishakh, holding up the age-old tradition.
Sponsored by Asiatic EXP, Banglalink Digital Communications Ltd and Berger Paints, the alpana was one the six largest street paintings drawn at different places across the country to mark the first day of the Bangla new year.
On Friday, during the celebrations, enthusiastic people from all walks of life were seen taking photographs standing on the art stretching from Nandankanan Buddhist Temple to the office of the Chief Conservator of Forests.
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The alpana was one the six largest street paintings drawn at different places across the country, stretching from Nandankanan Buddhist Temple to the office of the Chief Conservator of Forests Rabin Chowdhury/Dhaka Tribune
Kaniz Fatema, a lecturer of Ispahani Public School and College, came to see the painting with her two children.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, she said: “At the sight of such art work my sons are overjoyed. This is indeed a great enterprise, which I think has added a new dimension to the celebration of Pohela Boishakh.”
Clad in Boishakhi garb, the residents of the country’s premier port city thronged major streets and enjoyed Mongol Shobhajatra attractions and cultural events featuring music, dance, and poetry recitations.
Meanwhile, the university’s fine arts students also decorated their campus and surroundings with similar artwork and brought out colourful processions.