It was the rhythmic sounds made by the Bangla dhols and the wedding band-party that stopped people on their tracks outside the Kalabagan field. The scene inside was all the more alluring. Filled with food stalls, folk musicians dressed up in bright colours and children lined up to get on the nagordola, it was Dhaka City from the yesteryears.
Titled ‘Taste of Dhaka’, the three-day festival which began on April17 was a celebration of four hundred years of Dhaka City and the brainchild of Spellbound, an event management company comprising of young people. “For months, we were planning to organise a fair where we could bring together the different tastes of Dhaka, namely the variety in music and food,” says Md. Sadequl Arefeen from Spellbound. “We figured that we could probably blend in the celebrations of 400 years of Dhaka City. That’s when we got in touch with Dhaka Mohanogori Samity and proposed the idea.”
To date, Spellbound has organised several events in Dhaka City. However, according to the Spellbound team, organising Taste of Dhaka has been particularly rewarding. The team’s purpose of bringing back a little bit of our glorious past not only filled both the elderly visitors and the age-old food shop owners with nostalgia, but has also lead them to prompt Spellbound to organise such a festival once again. “We are planning to hold our next festival in January 2009,” says Arefeen.