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The Kupi lamp is lost in the evolution of time

Juwel Islam, Taraganj (Rangpur) Correspondent: Once upon a time, Kupibati was the main means of alleviating the darkness in the urban areas from the remote villages of Taraganj in Rangpur. The arrogance of Kupibati, the daily kerosene flame of that village Bengal, is shattered today. Now just memories. In the rotation of time, that kupibati is dying in the current of history and tradition.

And the artisans involved in this industry have also started leaving this profession. With the demise of the kerosene era, the need for rural traditional kupibati has come to an end with the advent of electric lamps in modern times. Just a few years ago, in the evening, the village and the rural market could be recognized by the flickering light of the kupi, the hat-bazaar and the traditional look of the village.

In today’s changing civilization, neon lights have taken the place of Kupi lamps. As a result, this pattern of burning the ancient traditional kerosene of rural Bengal is no longer visible in ten villages. Although the value of this pattern has been lost to someone else, it is still seen in the office work of the post office. Besides, several villages of the upazila were visited and a lamp was lit in the house of a woman named Maryam in Kamarpara village of Ikarchali union.

Talking to this reporter, he said that the Mui Bidua people have no money to take Karen. My kupibati is better than his. And many amateur low-income people have carefully preserved Kupibati Shikhaya as a model. At that time there were two types of Kupi lamps, big and small. Bhutuya made of tin was bigger than clay, iron, glass, tin, brass. Again in the countryside this kupibati was known to many as nampo.

Stands made of wood, iron or bamboo were used to get more light from small and large lamps. But at the present time, in the 100 per cent electrified upazila, the Kupibati, which illuminated the darkness of the common people of rural Bengal, is on the way to extinction. And if you want to see the new generation, you have to go to the museum.

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