The history of Bangladesh’s struggle for Independence from 1947 to 1971 was narrated through a recitation production at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday.
Recitation artistes from different troupes performed in the production titled ‘Deshbhag Theke Swadhinata (From Partition to Independence)’ based on eminent novelist Selina Hossain’s novel titled ‘Gayatri Sandhya’.
The production also featured poems penned by eminent poets like Shamsur Rahman, Syed Shamsul Haq, Humayun Azad, Nirmalendu Goon, Muhammad Nurul Huda and others.
18 artistes from recitation troupes like Swanan, Swarakalpan, Trilok, Swarashruti and others performed in the production depicting historical events like language movement of 1952, six-point demand of 1966, people’s movement of 1969 and the liberation war of 1971.
Recitation artistes like Nazmul Ahsan, Masud Azizul Bashar, Poly Parvin, Maymuna Haider Chowdhury, Supti Das Chaiti, Fatema Tasnin and others read selected parts from Gayatri Sandhya and recited poems like Srijan Sen’s Matribhumir Janya, Humayun Azad’s Shekole Bandha, Shamsur Rahman’s Barnamala, Amar Dukhini Barnamal, Syed Shamsul Haq’s Amar parichoy, Nirmalendu Goon’s Swadhinata Ei Shabdoti Kivabe Amader Holo, Muhammad Nurul Huda’s Bijay and others.
The production was staged as part of the day-long fourth poetry festival organised by literary magazine Samadhara.
Indian poet Mrinal Bose Chowdhury inaugurated the event. Language movement veteran Dr Sharifa Khatun was present at the programme as the chief guest.
Veteran recitation artiste Syed Hasan Imam and poet Helal Hafiz were present at the programme as special guests.
The festival also featured presentation of the Samadhara Sahitya Purushkar. The organisers honoured poet Muhammad Nurul Huda with Samadhara Sahitya Purushkar for his contribution to Bangla literature.
Besides, a collection of poems titled ‘Padabalir Jatra’ was also launched at the event.
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