Eleven craft workers from around the country are displaying their works at a five-day fair jointly organised by the Jatiya Karushilpa Parisad and Bengal Foundation at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi. The fair, dedicated to artist and craft-proponent Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, was inaugurated by the artist’s widow Begum Jahanara Abedin and writer Selina Hossain on Friday. Rasheda Begum, recipient of the 1999 Shilu Abed Mastercrafts Award, was also present on the occasion. Four winners of the Master Craftsperson Contest held last year was awarded at the programme. The winners are Gulnahar Begum from Chapainawabganj, and Khadija Begum, Kadbanu and Mumtaz Begum from Jessore. The Mastercrafts Persons Award was introduced in 1989 by the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh with the objective of reviving traditional crafts, recognising the value of artisans and encouraging others to follow their traditions. Since 2010, the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Foundation have jointly organised the award and crafts fair. This year’s fair features 11 stalls of different craft items and will end on Wednesday.
Source: New Age