On 24th May, 2014, Rupantar Eco-tourism Limited (RET) successfully organized the Sundarban Carnival as a yearly event of “Conservation through Eco-tourism” programme. The carnival started with a colourful rally. More than 400 local people along with significant number of elite persons from different part of Khulna district participated in the rally. The rally crossed over 3 kilometres of village alleyway with great enthusiasm. They chorused slogans on Sundarban conservation in their entire expedition. Koilashganj Shymapada Government Primary School was the venue of the carnival. End of a blissful rally the local MP, Mr. Panchanan Biswas formally inaugurated the carnival. He hoisted the national flag with national anthem and freed the pigeons during the inauguration of carnival. Eventually, local folk group performed a “Pot Gaan” (awareness song) on Sundarban conservation, which was trained with the support of “Conservation through Eco-tourism” programme by RET to promote eco-tourism and as an approach of creating alternative livelihood scope. Local people and distinguished guests have enjoyed the awareness based songs a lot and entire cultural program in very joyous mood.
MP Mr. Panchanan Biswas addressed as the chief guest of the program. Apart from that Mr. SK. Md. Abul Hossain (Chairman, Dakop Upazila), Mr. Md. Taufiqul Islam (Assistant Conservator of Forest, Khulna Circle), Dr. Md. Kamruzzaman (Associate Professor of Forestry & Wood Technology, Khulna University), Mr. Md. Ashrafuzzaman (President of Khulna Development Movement Coordination Committee), Adv. Abdullah Hossain Bachchu (Prominent Lawyer), Mr. Binoy Krishna Roy (Local Community Leader, Banishanta) and Mr. Sudeb Kumar Roy (UP Chairman) also keep their speech in the meeting as special guests. Mr. Mihir Mondal (UP Chairman, Koilashganj) chaired the meeting.
After the discussion session there was a gaming event with the participation of local community, where everyone participated spontaneously in a festive mood with the help of staffs and community volunteers of Rupantar Eco-tourism Ltd. Different ages of local community have participated in the games. Top three performers were awarded from each game. Games were Fancy Dress Competition, Chair Sitting, Memory Test, Breaking Mud Bowl and Sundarban oriented quiz contest, which were enjoyed by hundreds people with very cheerful manner. Local folk artists showed their performance through singing, dancing and drama all day long. Hundreds of jubilant people enjoyed that delightfully cultural program and also appreciated its organizer. A festive atmosphere spread all over the community in that day. The handicrafts production team opened a display centre of their products in the carnival ground. It is important to mention that the handicraft production training was provided by RET as an approach of creating alternative livelihood scope for the community women. Their displayed works were appreciated by everyone. In the evening the drama team performed a drama on Sundarban conservation were local people also cherished their brilliance.