Child Eid Entertainment On Tv
Yet another average season ends
Though TV channels air special teleplays and other types of exclusive entertaining programmes in the Eid festivals targeting the adults, these channels broadcast run-of-the-mill programmes for children.
Following the trend, different TV channels chalked out stereotypical entertainment options for the children in this Eid.
As usual these channels aired some animation series during the Eid festival that otherwise is frequently aired throughout the year. And there were some typical Eid magazine programmes featuring jokes, music, dance, recitation, and some segments portraying the lives of the underprivileged children during the Eid.
Naming certain programmes that have been aired this Eid are Best of Sisimpur, Best of Meena, puppet theatre Golper Deshey, magazine shows Mojar Kichchha and Hashir Mela.
As a result the rejuvenating factor for the children seemed to be missing from the show aired during the Eid, despite the fact that it is the children who enjoy the Eid festivity more than the adults.
‘Most of the TV channels don’t have any programmes for the children. And the channels those run programmes for the children broadcast lengthy commercial breaks, which is not appropriate for the children. In fact, the over commercialised mentality has created this situation. But, we should not ignore the child entertainment considering the future of the society,’ said eminent artist Mustafa Monwar, under whose leadership Sisimpur and Meena series were created.
Supplementing Monwar, child entertainment expert, Dr SM Shamim Reza, a teacher of journalism department of Dhaka University, said, ‘TV programme makers should make programmes considering the choice and pulse of the contemporary children, who are exposed to the high tech multimedia productions.’
‘The stereotypical productions will never attract these children,’ Dr Reza said. Talking to the children, parents and child psychiatrists it is learnt that the children of today like to watch animations rather than simple singing and dancing shows; they like to be challenged with interactive shows instead of sitting idle and watching others do the action.
‘I like to watch programmes that have a lot of colourful things with a lot of rhyming songs and dance steps,’ said Sumaya, a student of class two.
A class-five student Saad said, ‘I enjoy adventure and mystery cartoons that have a lot of challenges to solve.’
‘The local TV channels do not pay much attention to the children entertainment though my six-year-old daughter Paloma’s eyes remain glued to the foreign cartoon channels,’ Nusrat Jahan, a housewife said.
Experts believe that the channels should take this issue seriously. ‘We should include more creative entertainment programmes for the children as done in the other countries. And we did it in our time in the BTV,’ added Monwar,
who also initiated the first talent hunt programme Natun Kuri.
-With New Age input