Bangaldesh Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad on Wednesday expressed the hope that cultural personalities would play a more effective role in promoting Bangla culture and literature both at home and abroad.
Inaugurating a 10-day book fair titled "Boier Arong' on Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka, the minister said the traditional Pahela Baishakh festivity assumed a new height today as the occasion is being celebrated at the state level for the first time.
The minister also inaugurated a musical soiree at the same venue.
Noted writer Prof Anisur Rahman gave the welcome speech with National Professor Kabir Chowdhury in the chair. Director general of Bangladesh Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan gave the commemorative lecture.
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