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Belal Muntasir

Joy of children knew no bound when they came across ‘Shishu Chattar’ at Amar Ekushy Boi Mela on Saturday.
The colourfully decorated stage at Suhrawardy Udyan portion of the fair turned into a centre of attention for kids in no time.
Many kids along with their parents flocked to the zone to have fun to the fullest. They spent quality time playing different games. The ecstasy of kids continued throughout the day.
Besides, the major attraction of the Chattar is Shishu Prahar (children hour), a stage show reproduced from Television Program Sisimpur. The 22-minute show was staged three times at—11.45am, 4.30pm and 6.15pm.
Nazrul Islam, who came from Banasri with his wife and 5-year-old child Abdullah, could not but allow his kid to play on the stage as it was so alluring that none can resist their children from having taste of playing different games.
“I visited majority spots of the fair today. But Shishu Chattar attracted my child more. This is simply nice in a word,” he added.
There are a few arrangements for recreation of children in the fair, claimed Nazrul saying that the Chattar added a new dimension, where kids can learn side by side playing.
Rehana Islam, mother of another child, said basically there are three types of game what baby plays here.
The games are very interesting and constructive. Games teach babies healthy behavior, diet chart, practice of imagination, she told this correspondent while waiting for Shishu Prahar Show in front of the stage.
“Halum, Halum,” a girl-baby reiterated after enjoying Sisimpur show at the evening. His father Abdur Rashid said she enjoyed the show very much.
“Kids usually watch the show on television, so they can recall it easily, what lead them to an excitement,” he added.
While asked about the show the baby said, “Halum, Halum.”
However, Sisimpur has also a book stall in the fair, where book of rhymes, short stories, comics, and picture based books are displayed. Different types of puzzles game sets also attract kids.
Gopal Kumar Dey, an official from Shishu Chattar organiser institution Sesame Workshop Bangladesh, said they have been arranging Shishu Chattar from 2015 with an aim of child development.
“Our targeted audience is 3 to 8 years old children,” he added saying that they also work for creating leadership among children.
“We arrange Sisimpur Sishu Prahar on Friday and Saturday every week for three times in a day,” he informed. Sisimpur characters engage child with its educative message effectively, he said.
Besides, there are Golpo Gatha (creating stories), Sasthaludu (game with health hygiene), Ekkadokka (balance diet chart) game, by which kids learn how to lead their life in a healthy way, Gopal added.
Drawing, acting, telling story and so on games will be included immediately in the program, he told Bangladesh Post.