Monday, May 31, 2010

Kushtia: Jugia Tati Para

Sunday, 9th may 2010

hand loom, gamcha, lungi, kushtia, jugia

After returning from the Jhaudia Shahi Mosque, I was almost at the end of my tour. I have to catch the bus at 4 at afternoon, and it was 1 at noon. So I decided to pass the time at "Tat Polli"(also known as "karigor para"), where the villagers used to make gamchha(kind of towel), lungi, etc using the hand looms.

hand loom, gamcha, lungi, kushtia, jugia

The village name is "Jugia". This took 20 taka van fair from the mazampur bus station. It took around 20-30 minutes to reach the village. I have express my objective to come at the villagers, and they just welcomed me for my purpose.

hand loom, gamcha, lungi, kushtia, jugia

They provided me a local boy named "Dulal" to help us to visit the local houses who are making gamchha and cloths using hand looms. That boy was really awesome. Helped me to enter the houses where women were working with the hand looms. Otherwise it was hard to enter any house, specially where village woman working.

hand loom, gamcha, lungi, kushtia, jugia

I have bought several gamchha from the local people for me and my friends. It was a nice experience to watch how the people are doing this. Believe me, its really a hard working job, and for this they are not paid equivalently. They just slapped from the mechanical industries. That's why now a days the number of people who are working with hand looms are shrinking day by day.

I have recorded several videos from the village about how they are making cloth using hand looms. Below are few of those.



Kushtia: Christian Cemetery

Sunday, 9th May 2010

kishtia christian cemetery

After returning from the Jhaudia Shahi Mosque, I found at the left side of the road(near mazampur bus stoppage) a christian cemetery. I couldn't resist myself to enter the cemetery.

kishtia christian cemetery

The main gate of the cemetery is locked from the inside. There is a small house inside the cemetery premise where the caretaker(I guess) used to live with his family. I found a girl aged 20-22 was inside the house. When I knocked the door, she just came out. I found that its my day, cause I can easily convince a girl. I just gave her a wide smile from my face, and requested to allow me to enter the cemetery. At first she wasn't interest to do so, but you know I know how to do it.

kishtia christian cemetery

Anyway, this cemetery is not that much large, but still this one is profound with some collection of old graves. For example a grave of Jone Elizabeth Cowley, which is 106 years of old. There are two graves where two young man buried. One is a man who died at the age of 25, around 140 years back, and another one is of a man of 36 who died around 125 years back.

kishtia christian cemetery

The graves really touch my heart, specially when I read the epitaphs. People left their beloved person here, and don't know what will happen few hundred years after, will there be anyone who will drop some bunch of roses over the grave? I don't know.

Kushtia: Jhaudia Shahi Mosque

Sunday, 9th May 2010

jhaudia shahi mosque, kushtia,

This was the second day of my Kushtia tour. At the early morning of 8, I have started my journey to find out the pre mughal mosque at Jhaudia union of the kushtia sadar. I have reached at the "chourhash mor" of the town to find a bus that will lead me at the Jhaudia.

jhaudia shahi mosque, kushtia,

I have found a bus "Kushtia-Haushpur" and bought a ticket for 20 taka to reach at Jhaudia. The stopage for the from the starting point to the Jhaudia are "bhadalia, alampur, bittipara, ujangram, hatia, astanogor, toiltupi". I was watching the stoppage names from the signboard of the shops and making sure not to pass he Jhaudia.

jhaudia shahi mosque, kushtia,

Finally, after around 50 minutes of bus journey, I have reached at the Jhaudia bus stoppage. From there, I had to hire a van that will take me to the Jhaudia Shahi Mosque. This is just 5 taka van fair from the stoppage.

jhaudia shahi mosque, kushtia,

This was another lovely mosque. I love to explore the old architectures, and historical edifices, and this one was what i was expecting. A three dome mosque and its easily readable from the outlook of the mosque, that it was built couple of several hundred years before.

jhaudia shahi mosque, kushtia,

Local people used to believe that the mosque was built by the Allah(God of Muslim people). The reason behind this is, there is no information about the builder of the mosque. No data about who and when it was built. To guide the people, learned scholar people kept a signboard to signify that "No mosques are built by Allah, all are made my human, even the most holy mosque 'Mecca' of Muslims."

Kushtia: River Padma

Saturday, 8th May 2010

river padma, kushtia, kumarkhali

After the first phase of the Mela at kuthibari of shelaidaho, I have moved towards the River Padma to watch it. And then returned back to the Mela area for second phase.

river padma, kushtia, kumarkhali

Padma is the giant river from my country Bangladesh. This river is flowed beside several district like rajshahi, pabna, kushtia. Since I was at kushtia, and the river is just few kilometers from the kuthibari Mela, I didn't miss any chance to visit the river.

river padma, kushtia, kumarkhali

It took only 5 taka van fair to reach the river bank of Padma. Lovely, I simply said lovely. The greenish(teal) water surface of the river, is mind blowing. Other side of the river is Pabna district.

river padma, kushtia, kumarkhali

Lots of fishing boats are moving at the river to catch fish. This river is famous for the national fish, Ilish. During the dry season, this river lost its beauty as well as strength. But still its wide enough, but there are noticible number of island under the water can be easily observe where people are standing.

river padma, kushtia, kumarkhali

I have carried my shorts with me, and I didn't miss the chance to throw my body at the invigorating water of the river after a hard busy day. I couldn't find any better way to cool my body at the end of the day. Lots of people were taking the bath at the river water, and the bank of the river will give you a taste of the beach of Cox's bazar.

Kushtia: Shelaidaho Kuthibari Mela

Saturday, 8th May 2010

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

To commemorate the birthday of the royal poet Rabindranath Thakur, the authority of the Kumarkhali Upazila of Kushtia District used to arrange a Mela at the kuthibari area. This one is the largest Mela that I have ever seen.

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

Tons of people were coming from the different part of that part of the country. Most of them were from kushtia, Jhinaidah, Rajbari, Meherpur district. Enthusiastic people are coming at the Mela to enjoy their time.

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

There are lots of attractive things that I enjoyed at the Mela. For example the "Lathi Khela". I have only heard about the game, but for the firs time I have watched at the Mela premise.

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

Also there are other attractions, like the Casino types of games, sweet foods, local cloth stores, and plenty of mores. I can guess that there was around 500 stalls at the Mela premise from different varieties.

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

This Mela used to last for a single day even few years back. But due to the popularity of the Mela, it is now extended to three days officially. But it remains for another seven days unofficially.

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

This is a lovely scene, when you'll find at 4/5 miles away, people are walking at the road, and they are heading towards the Mela. The whole road is almost jammed with the pedestrians. Different people are wearing different types of dresses. I love to watch this kind of activities from people.

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

The only problem of the Mela is, you'll find it hard to manage any vehicle when you are returning from there. But believe me, after enjoying such a extraordinary Mela, I have accepted that fate. I was prepared to walk by feet. But luckily I have found "Nosimon"(local name of a vehicle), and then found a "korimon"(another vehicle) to return at my hotel room.

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

When I was at my room, its already 9:30 of night. It was a remarkable day of my life. I was hell lot of busy with exploring the town as well as enjoy the kuthi bari Mela. Any way, Happy Birth Day to You my dear Poet!!

kuthibari mela, kushtia, rabindranath, thakur, rabi

Kushtia: Shelaidaho kuthibari

Saturday, 8th May 2010

kuthi bari kushtia, bangladesh

Finally I'm have reached the kuthi bari at Shilaidah. This is under the Kumarkhali(Sub District of Kushtia). This a nice white building. It will cost you 10 taka to enter the kuthi bari. There is a small museum inside the building.

kuthi bari kushtia, bangladesh

Kushtia was under the Nadia district during British period. Rabindranath Thakur used to visit this place several times to collect the royalty from the peasant of him. He inherited the Zamindari from his family.

kuthi bari kushtia, bangladesh
Garden at kuthibari premise, Kushtia


Inside the museum, you'll find lots of furnitures like chair, Almira, beds, table, etc, which are used by Rabi Thakur. This is a two stored building. At the top of the building, you'll find some boats which are used by the poet for a jaunt at the river Padma. For your kind information, river padma is just few kilometers away from the kuthi bari.

kuthi bari kushtia, bangladesh
Cultural program stage at kuthibari, Kushtia.


In front of the kuthi bari, the authority have arranged a cultural program where the performer from the all over kushtia district are showing their talents. There were no age limits. Sometime you'll find a kid is dancing with a "rabindro sangeet" and another time you'll find a legend is reciting a poem from the rabi thakur. This was marvelous to enjoy the moment.

I have recorded several song from the cultural program using my video camera. Here is few of those.

Song: Utsharito Alo
Performed by Khoksha Sangeet Bidyalay.


Song: Tora Okarone Chanchal
Performed by Khoksha Sangeet Bidyalay.

Kushtia: River Gorai and the Bridge

Saturday, 8th May 2010

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

Now I was heading towards the "kuthi bari mela" at Shelaidah, which is arranged to commemorate the 149th birthday of the royal poet. At the road, I have found the Gorai bridge, which is also called "Mir Mosharaf Hossain Birdge". I just get dropped there to explore the proximity of the bridge.

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

It is very dry season. And I found it was really hard to find the sign of any water. After the river Padma, Gorai is the second largest river at the Kushtia. During the rainy season, Gorai is a ferocious. This is noticeably wide to proclaim this as a giant river.

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

There are two bridge over the river. One is for the railway, and another one is for the bus and other vehicles. You can easily go under the bridge. There is no water under the bridge. Its almost dry. Only the white sands.

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

The sands are not only white, its silky and shiny. Its a great view to watch. But still I'm feeling sorry for the river. Since the river Padma is moribund due to the "farakka dame", this one is also suffering from the same reason.

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

I'm not sure about the length of the bridge. But it took several minutes to cross the bridge. Also after exploring the sandy area, I was almost tired. People are moving towards the "kuthi bari mela" at shelaidah, and every single vehicle is packed with tons of people. So I found it hard to manage any vehicle, until a "Nosimon", local name, came and rescued me from the odd situation.

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

Below are the sandy dry river view of Gorai which are captured by me.

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

kushtia, river, gorai, bridge

Kushtia: Tomb of Fakir Lalon Shah

Saturday, 8th May 2010

tomb of lalon fakir

It was 11 at the morning. I have just visited the tagore lodge, and then I was moving forward to visit the "Lalon Akhra" where the tomb of the great "Baul", Fakir Lalan is located. The place is called "Cheuria" around 2-3 kilometers from the tagore lodge. You can take a rickshaw, or you can walk the road by feet.

tomb of lalon fakir

Inside the premise of Lalon Akhra, there is a white tomb where the great baul sleeping. The tomb looks like it is made from wax. Also near the tomb area, you'll find several grave which are the contemporary baul of Lalon Shah, and some of them are the student or the followers of the Lalon Shah.

tomb of lalon fakir

There is an academic building at the Akhra premise. This one is using to research about the Lalon Shah. I have meet a guy there who is doing PhD on Lalon. Also there is a museum which comprises of several materials like "Ek tara" and other musical instrument which are used by the famous baul.

tomb of lalon fakir

I have enjoyed the songs at the akhra. Local baul used to perform there every time as their practice and to entertain the visitors. I have recorded 3/4 music from their using my video camera.

Kushtia: Tagore Lodge

Saturday, 8th May 2010



It was around 8:30 at the morning. After enjoying the sun rising over the river, I have moved towards the Tagore Lodge, the house that was used by the Rabindranath Thakur, the royal poet. This is just few minutes rickshaw travel from the town.



You might confused the rickshaw pullers by using the name Tagore lodge. Also if you ask them about the thakur bari, they will assume the kuthi bari at Shelaidah. So careful about the issue. I'll suggest you to use "thakur bari, beside mohini mills", this will make the task easier for you.



Currently this is just a two stored small building. And each floor contains 3-4 rooms per floor. It was the 149th birth day of our royal poet. Local authority arranged a cultural program at the lodge. Every one is allowed to enjoy the program. Also the authority will welcome you by a small snacks(doi/chira).



If you visit the lodge during the birthday of robi thakur, then you are lucky. Also it won't be bad to visit the lodge. This small neat & clean building is lovely to watch.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kushtia: Enjoying the Sunrise over the river Gorai

Sunday, 08th May 2010



I was at Kushtia to Celebrate the birthday(25th Boishakh) of our Royal Poet Rabindranath Thakur. It was his 149th birthday. When the bus stopped at Mazampur bus stand, it was 4:00 at morning. And I have already a plan to view the sun rise over the river Gorai.



Sun will rise at 5:15. So taking about half an hour rest, I have reached at the Gorai river bank before 5:00. I have selected the area of "Chad Mohammad Road Ghat" near the "Thana Para". There is a pool made from bamboos are standing still over the river. I took my place at the middle of the river, and i was facing towards the eastern side so that i can easily enjoy the beauty of the sun rise.



Due to the dry season, the water level was really down once again. Thats why the people were easily able to use the pool. Otherwise you have no other option to use the boats from kheya ghat. It took one taka for each person to cross the pool.



Thousands of people are crossing the river using the pool within an hour. Even before the sun rise, people were crossing from the eastern bank(village) to the western bank(town) for the daily work, or for searching the work. Its a nice view, cause the school boys and girls are wearing uniform. Some people from different organization were wearing their uniform. Others were colorful dress.



I found a local guy was setting his net over the river so that he can collect some handsome amount of fish before the sun rise. When the sun was rising, the energetic guy was almost finished to collect his net from the river, and he was busy to gather the fish. His smile from his face was spreading wide along with the sun rise, cause he got the fish that he expected.



There were a small amount of cloud at the sky, and also last night was a rain. I think thats why I didn't get the full beauty of the sun rise. But whatever, this is my first time to enjoy the sun rise over a river. I loved the river Gorai, and the morning was awesome. I can carry the memory of that morning for many years.