Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday spent a pleasant time at her official residence as a tea party was held there for the country's eminent citizens and professional groups, including litterateurs, university teachers, lawyers, journalists and cultural activists.
The tea party was arranged as per desire of the Prime Minister and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana at the south lawn of Ganobhaban from 4:40 pm that lasted till the evening with a 10-munite Maghrib prayer break.
The lush green grass was resonated with the presence of the country's eminent personalities and celebrated artistes on the occasion.
The guests were also entertained with the country's traditional winter pithas, parata, chatpati, and other food items.
A cultural function, organised on the occasion, started with a ‘geeti nritya’ performed by some lovely children followed by a Tagore song
presented by Raisa Ahmed Sera, daughter of PM's Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad.
Later, Dalia Ahmed recited a poem titled ‘Bangla Tangla’ authored by Apurba Dutta, while Priyanka Gope performed a patriotic song.
Tagore songs were performed by Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Sajid Akbar and Salma Akbar. On behalf of ethnic minority group, Rakhain community people performed their traditional dance. Celebrated reciter Jayanta Chatterjer also recited a poem.
Timir Nandi rendered a famous song ‘Shono Ekti Mujiborer Theke’ and Nargis Fatema sung ‘Tomake Shonate Ei Ganer Bina’. Shama Rahman rendered a Tagore song.
Nazrul geeti singer Khairul Anam Shakil performed a song of Sachin Dev Burman titled ‘Tak Dum Tak Dum Bazai Bangladesher Dhol’, renowned actor Mir Sabbir recited a poem ‘Keu Kotha Rakheni’ in Barisal accent.
Shilpakala Academy artistes also performed folk and patriotic songs. Education Secretary Sohrab Hossain recited a poem and Prime
Minister's Office Director Dr Zulfikar Lenin sung a song.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor and PM's Private Secretary- 2 Namita Haldar conducted the function.
The guests were entertained with various kinds of traditional pithas (cakes) like pati sapta, bhapa and chitoi, and chicken kebab, beef shik kebab, parata, nan ruti, jilapi, tea and coffee as well as ‘fuska’.
Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar, UNB Editor-in-Chief Enayetullah Khan, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha Managing Director and Chief Editor Abul Kalam Azad, senior journalists Shafiqur Rahman, Hasan Shahriar, Farid Ahmed, Nadim Quadeer, Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haque Milon, Sangbad Editor Altamash Kabir, Channel-i Director(news) Shykh Siraj, bdnews24.com Chief Editor Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Mozammel Babu of Ekattur Television, Bangladesh Protidin Editor Nayeem Nizam, Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Naimul Islam Khan, Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan, BFUJ Secretary General Omar Faruk, Barrister Amirul Islam, Advocate Abdul Baset Majumder, Professor Emeritus AK Azad Chowdhury, Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, AL Organising Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, BMA Secretary General Professor Iqbal Arslan, actor Aly Zaker, poet Mohadev Saha, Dr Inamul Haque, actor Faruk, Pijush Bandyopadhyay, singer couple Rafiqul Alam and Abida Sultana, magician Jewel Aich, singer Fakir Alamgir, Nima Anam, actors Chanchal
Chowdhury and Mir Sabbir, ICT expert Mostafa Jabbar, among others, attended the function.
PM's advisors Dr Gowher Rizvi and Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, National University Vice-Chancellor Dr Harun Or Rashid, Jagannath University Vice-Chancellor Dr Mizanur Rahman, PM's Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad, PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum, Senior Public Administration Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, Information Secretary Mortuza Ahmed, Dr Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Dr Golam Rahman, Agriculture Secretary Shyamol Kanti Ghosh, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, PM's Special Assistant Mahbubul Haque Shakil, BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman and leaders of different professional bodies were also present.