The history of Bangladesh’s struggle for independence from 1947 to 1971 was presented through narrations and songs at a cultural show organised by Chhayanaut at its auditorium in Dhanmondi on Friday.
Artistes, led by defunct Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra singer Shahin Samad, paid tribute to freedom fighters and martyrs of language movement and liberation war through songs glorifying language movement and liberation war, people’s songs and others.
Recitation artiste Jayonto Roy began the programme narrating the historic events which occurred after the partition of British India in 1947.
How the euphoria of partition, which the people of the then East Pakistan welcomed, faded away shortly after the partition when the Bangla language was relegated by the West Pakistanis was depicted in the narration written by seasoned recitation artiste Bhaswar Bandopadhyay.
The narration was accompanied by a group rendition of language movement song Ei palash ei krishnachura. Chhayanaut artistes next presented songs like Himalaya theke Sundarbans and Muktir mandir sopantole which depicts the growing desire for independence among people of the then East Pakistan.
Roy in his narration depicted political tensions between East Pakistan and West Pakistan in the late 1960s.
Chhayanaut artistes presented popular people’s songs which inspired people in the late 1960s. The artistes rendered songs like Lanchita nipirita janatar joy, Manbona bandhan manbona and Phul khelbar din noy.
Jayonto Roy vividly narrated historic events like mass movement of 1969, general election of 1970, liberation war and independence of the country to the delight of the audience.
Following the narration, Chhayanaut artistes presented liberation war songs like Swadhin swadhin dike dike, Ek sagor rakter binimoye and Bijoy nishan urchhe oi.
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