Writers like Humayun Ahmed helped develop reading habit of young readers, said speakers at the National Library Day celebrations programme held at Bangladesh National Museum auditorium on Monday.
They also spoke on the importance of encouraging reading habit through facilitating and equipping all libraries.
The programme was organised by Department of Public Libraries.
The Cabinet Division in October approved February 5 as the National Library Day.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith attended the programme as the chief guest. Parliamentary Standing Committee on Culture Affairs Ministry president Simin Hossain Rimi, Bishwa Sahitya Kendra founder Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Department of Public Libraries director general Ashish Kumar Sarker attended the programme presided over by cultural affairs ministry secretary Ibraheem Hosein Khan.
‘Writers like Humayun Ahmed have helped increase reading habit of the youths. We need to encourage reading habit for creating an educated generation’, said Muhith said.
‘We need to equip our libraries with more books and make them readers-friendly. The government has plans to install libraries at each and every schools of the country’, he added.
‘It is very encouraging that the government has marked a day as national library day. All we need now is to work together to cater books to more readers’, Abu Sayeed said.
Following the discussion, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy artistes presented music and dance recitals in chorus and solos.
They commenced the cultural show with a chorus rendition of the national anthem.
Subsequently, they presented a group dance recital titled ‘Uranta Pakhi’.
Sohanur Rahman rendered popular song Nilanjana, MA Momen sang another popular song Mon Shudhu Mon Chhuyechhe.
The show ended with a group dance recital synchronised with Tagore’s song Akash Bhora Surya Tara.
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