A four-day National Pitha Utsab began at the Green Plaza of Rajshahi City Corporation here today with the main theme of Bangalir Oyitisya Pitha Parbon.
Rajshahi City Corporation and the National Pitha Utsab Udjapan Parishad are jointly hosting the festival with patronization of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, MP, attended and addressed the opening ceremony as the chief guest with President of National Pitha Utsab Udjapan Parishad M Hamid in the chair.
Women Leader Shahin Akter Rainy and Cultural personalities Professor Moloy Bhowmik and Kamar Ullah Sarker also spoke.
In his remarks, the state minister said the existing tradition of pitha should be upheld and its festival should be brought back the families.
Terming the patishapta as a traditional pitha in Rajshahi, he said steps will be taken to make it branded. “We will adopt necessary measures to get international acknowledgement for the pitha within a shortest possible time,” he added.
A large number of organizations including entrepreneurs from throughout the country are showcasing varieties of pitha in 24 stalls in the festival that will continue from 10 am to 9 pm every day till February 20.