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Chittagong pushes back against intolerance

  • Published at 05:34 pm April 15th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:36 pm April 15th, 2017
Chittagong pushes back against intolerance
Citizens of Chittagong and the students of Chittagong University celebrated Pohela Boishakh with increased enthusiasm this year, in part as a response to a vandalism of Boishakh art at the university. [caption id="attachment_58213" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chittagong Boishakh 2 CU Fine Arts students repaint the walls in the campus following the vandalism[/caption] Students of the Institute of Fine Arts at Chittagong University decorated their campus and surroundings with wall art and street painting to mark Pohela Boishakh. Unidentified miscreants spilled used motor oil to damage the wall art on April 11, just two days before the event. [caption id="attachment_58214" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Children perform a dance during a Boishakh event at Chittagong city Children perform a dance during a Boishakh event at Chittagong city[/caption] The students however, would not be scared. In high spirit, they responded with more wall arts and street paintings the following day protesting the heinous deed. People took to campus streets for the Shobajatra on the morning before Pohela Boishakh, wearing black badges to bid farewell to Bangla year 1423. [caption id="attachment_58215" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chittagong Boishakh 4 A Mongol Shobhajatra in the city[/caption] On the morning of the Bangla new year on Friday, fine arts students brought out the Mongol Shobhajatra with much more enthusiasm welcoming the new Bangla year. Residents of Chittagong city thronged the major streets dressed in colourful traditional Boishakhi garb and enjoyed the many Shobhajatra attractions such as floats and music. [caption id="attachment_58216" align="aligncenter" width="800"]A dance performance at Chittagong's DC Hill on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh A dance performance at Chittagong's DC Hill on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh[/caption] In the DC Hill area of the port city, like every year, the streets were painted with one of the largest alpana in the country. Various cultural events took place in the city, featuring music, dance and recital of poetry.
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