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Addaru gathering at Cheragi→ Prabir Barua Who does not like addas? Gossiping dispels loneliness, keeps the mind jovial. If this gossiping is among the poets, litterateurs, journalists, artists and cultural workers, it finds no ending.
There was a time when addas in Chittagong took place at Sabuj Hotel in Chawkbazar, at Bose Brothers in Nandakanan, at Novelty in Laldighi, at Chowrangi in Anderkilla. Chimbuk, Jalojog, Sadhur Dokan (Sadhu’s Shop) also followed the list. The poets, litterateurs, journalists, artists and cultural workers chatted in these spots. Later, these spots were replaced by Chittagong Shilpakala Academy. Now, the gossiping mongers gather at Cheragi Pahar everyday, particularly in the evening.
Cheragi Adda (Gossiping at Cheragi) arranged an addaru gathering in the evening last Friday, 24 December at Cheragi Pahar. The event was dedicated to 14 late addabaj of Chittagong. The programme began with dhol playing by Babul Jaladas, the son of famous dhol player late Binoy Banshi Jaladas. Professor Jahangir Kabir, an addaru of Shilpakala Academy and poet, journalist Abul Momen commenced the adda by lighting the candles.
Convener of the chatting session Anisur Rahman Nasim said in his welcome speech that they would create new stories of love through addas to make themselves. The programme featured musical performance, reception of the addarus, recitation of poems, photography exhibition, and most importantly the adda sessions. Photographs of 11 photographers were exhibited in the programme. The photographers were Mortuza Towfiqul Islam, Prajesh Chakraborty, Pradip Aich, Sumon Das, Rajesh Chakraborty, Rabi Shankar, Sumon Babu, Morshed Himadri Himu, Kamal Rudro, Sohel Arman and Omar Faruk.
Four late addarus Dr Kamal A Khan, story writer Suchorit Chowdhury, poet Sunil Nath and journalist Muhammad Idris were honoured in the programme; the crests were handed over to their family members by poet and journalist Abul Momen, drama personality Pradeep Dewanjee, poet and jounalist Swapan Dutta and poet Professor Fauzul Kabir. They discussed on the life and works of these four late addarus. Abul Momen said that renowned scholars of two Bengals like Annadashankar Roy joined the regular talks on arts, literature and culture in Dr Kaman A Khan’s residence. Discussion is the source of creation; if gossiping is lost creation will be lost, he added.
Pradeep Dewanjee praised Suchorit Chowdhury by saying that he left marks of his talent in almost all the fields of arts and literature. Suchorit wanted to expose Chittagong to the whole world, added Pradeep Dewanjee. He also said that creative gossiping would automatically generate new and innovative ideas.
Swapan Dutta discussed about poet Sunil Nath. He said, “Sunil Nath was a silent organiser. He wrote about the mass till his death, while keeping himself hidden.”
Fauzul Kabir spoke about the influence of addas on history, society, culture and world civilisations. Adda sessions regularly took place in his house at Pahartali. He also added that gossiping influenced the scholastic movement of Chittagong.
The raffle draw was conducted by executive member Prabir Das. Rashed Hasan and Mili Chowdhury recited poems while Sangeet and RBS presented songs of mass people. A souvenir titled Adda was also published with the cover by Khalid Ahsan.
Bimal Bawl, Sanjit Acharjee, Kalyani Ghosh, Kanta Nandy, Manas Paul Chowdhury, Iqbal Haider enchanted the audience by their musical performances. The songs in Chittagongian dialect by Kanta Nandy, Sanjit Acharjee and Kalyani Ghosh reminded the audience of the famous singers Shyam Sundar Baishnab and Shefali Ghosh. The audience left the show not only enjoying the adda, but also bearing the sweet tone of those songs in their mind.
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