Bangladesh Festival held in Virginia

Bangladesh Festival, organised by Asian-American Society of Central Virginia (AASoCV), was held at Arthur Ashe Centre in Virginia on April 27, says a press release received in Dhaka on Thursday.

Bangladesh and 10 other countries of South-east Asia are the members of AASoCV. Bangladeshi community organised four booths at the Festival: Bangladeshi Art and exhibit, Hands on Activities, Bangladeshi Food and one Vendor booth.

At Bangladeshi Art and Exhibit booth Bangladeshi traditional arts and crafts including some of Zainul Abedinís famous art works were displayed. Some of the paintings of Asif Bahauddin Sikder were there. Nakshi Katha (embroidered quilt) Jamdani sari, Reshmi Churi (bangles), wood, leather and bronze hand crafted items were also displayed.

At the hands on Activity booth, Bangladeshi young girls painted interested visitorsí hands with mehendi (henna). Also they made paper toys for the children.

Delicious Bangladeshi food was served Food booth. Their menu included chicken roasts, beef curry, shabji vaji, motor polao, plain rice and salad.

Bangladeshi vendor booth had Sari and Shalwar Kamij. They had Mirpur katan, jamdani sari, Tangail sari, Sopura silk.

There were performances throughout the day. Rabindra Shangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, and Bangladehís dances were presented on the occasion. A Bangladeshi guest artist cam from as New Jersey and performed semiclassical dance.

Bangladesh representative of AASoCV Lutfa Haseen Rosy, Virginia State University faculty member, was the organiser for Bangladeshi group in the festival.
Courtesy: The Independent†

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