Just a day after the end of the three-day International Bangla Literature Conference, another conference on Bangla literature and culture titled ‘Sarbabangiya Lekhak-Shilpi Sammelan’ began at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.
While the International Bangla Literature Conference was organised by Antarjatik Bangla Sahitya Sammelan Ayojok Parishad, the three-day Sarbabangiya Lekhak-Shilpi Sammelan has been organised by Bangiya Sahitya-Sangskriti Sangsad.
Both the conferences, organised with support from the government, aims to promote Bangla literature and culture.
Around 75 Indian writers and artistes and over 200 local writers and artistes are attending the Sarbabangiya Lekhak-Shilpi Sammelan, which was inaugurated by cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Local writers like poet Azizur Rahman Aziz, Sheikh Rabiul Haque, Indian writers and poets like Utpal Mandal, Rittik Banerjee, thespian Shaibal Kumar Ghosh, professor Rita Modak and journalist Manosh Chakrabarty, among others, were present at the inauguration ceremony.
The inauguration programme was presided over by eminent novelist and Bangiya Sahitya-Sangskriti Parishad president Selina Hossain.
The conference will feature a host of events like seminars, plays, discussions, cultural shows and others at different venues like Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University.
‘Bangiya Sahitya-Sangskriti Sangsad, which commenced its journey in 2016, aims to provide a platform for Bangla-speaking writers and artistes from across the world’, said Kamrul Islam, general secretary of the Sangsad.
‘The Bengali language and culture transcend borders. I think that such conferences featuring Bangla speaking writers and artistes from both Bangladesh and India can enrich us’, said Asaduzzaman Noor.
On the opening day of the event, three seminars on diverse aspects of Bangla literature were held. Besides, Anurag Theatre staged its recent play Gras, based on Tagore’s poem Dui Bigha Jami, at National Theatre Hall.
A recitation programme was held in the morning at Dhaka University.
Second day’s seminars and cultural shows will be held at Jahangirnagar University and National Art Gallery Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The conference will end on Friday with announcement of a Sarbabangiya Samannay committee comprising Bangladeshi and Indian writers and artistes.
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