Traditional boat race



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Sylhet
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Boating is one of the aspects of the customery village-Bengal tradition and century old culture. To preserve that tradition of rural folk culture, a traditional boat race was held on Saturday (September 18) at Chengir Khal in Badaghat area of Sylhet Sadar Upazila.

In the throbbing water, the rhythm of drums, the songs of village Bengal and the rhythm of the boatmen turned the waves of the calm water of Chengir Khal mesmerized. Thousands of spectators gathered in the Badaghat area to enjoy the day-long boat race. The presence of men as well as women was eye-catching.

The colorful boat race was organized by the Gram Bangla Heritage Preservation Committee. A total of eight teams from different upazilas of Sylhet district participated in this competition.

In the final round of the competition, the boat from 'Gordana' village of Jaintapur upazila became the champion. The runners-up was the 'Lengura' boat of Gowainghat Upazila. Apart from this, the third place has been won by 'Kanjar' west of Jaintapur.

The guests later distributed prizes among the winners. At this time, attractive prizes were given to each participating boat including the champion and runners-up.

Ahmed Noor, editor of the daily Sylhet Mirror and Abdur Rashid Renu, general secretary of the Sylhet Press Club, were guests at the awards ceremony, which was presided over by Maqsood Ahmed Maqsood, patron of the Gram Bangla Heritage Preservation Committee, and journalist Oliur Rahman.

Companiganj Upazila Parishad Vice Chairman Lal Mia, former Kandigaon Union Chairman Sirajul Islam, journalist Iqbal Mahmud and many others were present.