Liberation war has always inspired contemporary writers in Bangladesh, said speakers at a seminar held on Tuesday at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.
The war of independence has been a popular topic of many popular novels. All the major writers in the country have written fictions based on the war, said speakers at the seminar titled ‘Bangla Kotha Sahitye Muktijuddher Itihash’, which was organised by the museum.
Writer Hasan Azizul Haque attended the seminar as the chief guest. Writers Alim Aziz and Anisul Haque also spoke at the programme, which was presided over by writer and Kaler Kantha editor Imdadul Haque Milon.
Speakers said that liberation war became a major theme for Bangla fiction after independence.
Referring to works like Mahbub Alam’s Guerrilla Theke Sammukhjuddhe, Hasan Azizul Haque’s Karatale Chhinnamatha, Humayun Ahmed’s 1971, Mahmudul Haque’s Jibon Amar Bon, the speakers said, every possible facet of the liberation war and its impact on lives of common people have been documented in Bangla fiction.
The speakers also said that fiction writers need not necessarily describe the incidents and events of history. At the same time they cannot deviate from history completely.
Hasan Azizul Haque, in his speech, said, ‘Our fictions dealing with liberation war falls under the category of war literature, a major genre of literature. We can take pride in the fact that we have not been hesitant to write on liberation war; rather we have used it as a topic to tell stories of humanity, cruelty, love, sufferings and struggles’.
‘As writers, we do not document what happened; we write the human side of the story. If liberation war is the grand narrative, we write many micro narratives that come out of it and contribute to it ’, added Hasan Azizul Haque.
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