The 2017 edition of ‘Bangladesh Festival’, the largest indoor event participated by the Bangladeshi expatriates in Canada, was held on May 13-14 with much fanfare and enthusiasm.
Hundreds of visitors thronged to the festival responding the call of root and rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh.
Bangla Mail, a Bengali-language weekly from Toronto city of Ontario organized the festival for the 3 rd time that concluded on May 14.
Bangladesh High commissioner in Canada Mizanur Rahman Khan inaugurated the festival on May 13. Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Laura Albanese was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony.
Chief of Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and Ontario’s leader of the official opposition Patrick Walter Brown, Additional secretary of finance ministry Bangladesh Kamrun Nahar Ahmed, President and Vice-chancellor of University of Western Ontario Amit Chakma, Bangladesh lawmaker Monirul Islam Moni, Columnist and Sheridan College Senate speaker Dr Mojammel Khan, House building finance corporation Managing director Debashish Chakrabarty, Toronto district school board trustee Parthi Kandavel and York Regional police sergeant Paul Chang were present at the program as special guests.
Festival committee chairman Rezaul Kabir and chief convener Abdul Halim Mia were among others present at the ceremony of inauguration.
Apart from local Bangladeshi artists, ace actor Ferdous, singer Sabina Yasmin and Syed Abdul Hadi enthralled the audience by their mesmerizing renditions.
Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau and Bangladesh Information minister Hasaul Haque Inu were among others wished greeting on occasion of the festival.