South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician Nelson Mandela was recalled on his 99th birth anniversary at a programme held at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club in the capital on Tuesday.
Cultural organisation Wrishiz Shilpy Goshthi organised the programme which featured a cultural show and discussion on Mandela, who served as the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Artistes of Wrishiz commenced the programme with the chorus rendition of the song Joy Joy Joytu Mandela. Next artistes of Kranti in chorus sang Joy Hok Mandelar to the delight of the audience.
Wrishiz artistes presented solo songs as tribute to Mandela at the show. Pancho Bhaswar sang Jodi Tor Daak Suney Kew Na Ashe at the event.
The programme ended with people’s song singer Fakir Alamgir singing Kalo Kalo Manusher Deshe.
Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon attended the programme as the chief guest. Among others, state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam, president of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote Golam Kuddus and journalist Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul were present on the occasion. President of Wrishiz Shilpy Goshthi Fakir Alamgir presided over the session.
Rashed Khan Memon said Nelson Mandela inspired people to fight for their rights.
Golam Kuddus said Nelson Mandela upheld the fact that everyone has equal rights regardless of their skin colour or ethnicity.
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