April 15, 2010

Cultures That Stay Unknown

For many of the South Asian countries, today is the New Year, from Bangla calendar to the Assamese, Burmese, Oriya, Tamil, Nepali and Sinhalese. As a Bangali myself, I concentrated myself on the culture and how it is being demolished. Pohela Boishakh, as it is called through Bangladesh "New Year" is the day of tradition, from the past. In those times, we used to have fun, eat, sing together, dance in our traditional clothing, watching and listening to the gazi gaans were all part of the traditions. But today, as I was watching the news from my country, this was what the new songs that came up with the reporters: "Melay Jaire" which is one of the popular band songs, that is remix from the Western culture. Other changes that I have noticed? Yes, on this day, on the grandest parade through the capital of Bangladesh, there were politicians and what were they talking about? They were giving speeches on what they would be doing, which is fairly common throughout Bangladesh.
Already the nation of Bangladesh has been gripped by the Western Civilization. DJuice is one of the common examples one can find about this where Western English songs and Westernized Bengali songs become the popular searches and downloads for many of the young Bangladeshis. Now this band and rock songs in Bangladesh's most cultural occasion poses a tense situation that change is coming throughout the nation and not just the nation but throughout South Asia.
As a Bangladeshi, I could write only about the cultural changes found in Bangladesh. It has changed not only in the method of being different but as one of the popular shows of Bangladesh, Ittyadi puts it, it has changed the knowledge of Bangladeshis as well. The ones that grew up in the villages now do not know how to get through a wooden bridge or through the slippery soil. As portrayed in one of their episode, the children do not know what many of the common foods of Bangladeshi culture is. As pizza, french fries and other brand name companies bring their own food into the country, this has proved to be a disadvantage to the culture.
But again, the new year, Pohela Boishakh is a day of joy, goodness for one and others. As the great Bengali poet Rabindranth Tagore said:
Esho he boishakh, esho esho
Come oh Boishkh (the first month of the calendar), Come come

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