Muslin festival 2016 opens today

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh is going to open a month long muslin festival 2016, the first ever in the country, today, aimed at reviving the lost glory of the special fine cloth of the subcontinent, said officials.
Ministry of cultural Affairs, in collaboration with Drik and BRAC, will organise the muslin festival at the city’s Bangladesh National Museum.
Weavers, entrepreneurs and researchers are expected to take part in the festival to present their ideas and proposals on reviving the muslin fabric in the country.
Finance minister AMA Muhith is scheduled to inaugurate the month long festival as chief guest while cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor will be present as special guest.
On February 7, a series of discussion sessions will be held at Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium at Bangladesh National Museum on the subject. The UNESCO chief executive officer Beatrice Kaldun will give the opening speech at the inaugural session on that day.
The first discussion session will be held under the theme of Revival of Muslin-Politics and Institutions from 9:30 am to 11:00 with industries ministry additional secretary Jamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury in the chair.
Distinguished personalities from home and abroad, including CPD executive director Mustafizur Rahman, senior curator of Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Rosemary Dialogue, and rights activist Dr Hameeda Hossain will take part in the discussion.
The second discussion session will be held under the theme of Muslin-Restoring our Heritage, with Bangladesh National Museum DG Faizul Latif Chowdhury in the chair.
CEO of Drik picture library limited Saiful Islam, Muslim trust research fellow Sonia Ashmore, Indian textile specialist Ruby Pal Chowdhury and North South University professor Sharifuddin Ahmed will take part in the discussion.
The third discussion session will be held under the theme of Manufacturing Muslin-Challenges in Cotton growing, spinning and weaving, with NBR chairman Nojibur Rahman in the chair. National Craft Council president Chandra Shekar Shaha, among others, will be present as a panelist.

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