Ten-day Jatiya Pitha Utsab (National Rice Cake Festival) is underway on the premises of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital’s Segun Bagicha area.
Pitha Utsab is one of the signature festivities to welcome and celebrate the spring in the capital.Jatiya Pitha Utsab Udjapan Parishad in collaboration with BSA has organised the 14th edition of the annual festival.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the festival on Tuesday as the chief guest while eminent cultural personality and member of Awami League Advisory Council Ataur Rahman, noted dance maestro Amanul Haque attended the inaugural ceremony as special guests with BSA Director General and convener of the festival committee Liaquat Ali Lucky in the chair.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Jatiya Pitha Utsab Udjapan Parishad president M Hamid.
A total of 50 stalls are showcasing more than 200 types of pithas from 40 districts of the country. The pithas include Bhapa, Kuli, Rosh Phul, Khejur Finni, Bhajapuri, Malpoya, Malai, Kola Pitha, Pati Sapta, Rosh Golap, Nakshi Pitha, Pantua, Ilish Pitha, Jhinuk Pitha, Puli Pitha, Dudh Chitai and Mug Pakon.
The festival will continue till March 4 from 03:00pm to 09:00pm.According to the organisers, generally held in January every year, the 14th edition of the festival was deferred this year due to the corona pandemic.