Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organised an eleven-day Bangabandhu cultural festival marking the 47th anniversary of historic March 7 speech by the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The festival featuring art camp, art competition, recitation, music, theatre, film screening, film workshop and others at different venues of the academy began on Wednesday with a day-long art camp.
Veteran artist Samrajit Roy Chowdhury inaugurated the art camp on Wednesday morning. 47 renowned artists of the country painted canvasses commemorating the 47th anniversary of the historic March 7 speech at National Art Gallery Plaza of Shilpakala Academy. Artists like Hamiduzzaman Khan, Alakesh Ghosh, Biren Shome, Jamal Ahmed, Farida Zaman, Nasim Ahmed Nadvi, Nayeema Haque, Rokeya Sultana, Rezaun Nabi, Samiran Chowdhury and others participated at the camp.
Many of the participating artists depicted Sheikh Mujibur Rahman giving the historic speech at the then Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan) on March 7, 1971. The historic speech has been included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
Some artists painted portraits of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, while a few depicted liberation war in their paintings.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will display the paintings produced at the art camp later at a group show, informed director general of the academy Liaquat Ali Lucky.
In the evening of the opening day of the festival, a cultural show titled ‘Shishuder Bangabandhu’ featuring songs, dance recitals and recitations by child artistes of different cultural organisations was held at National Theatre Hall.
A children festival fill be organised on the last day of the 11-day festival on March 17. The day is celebrated as National Children’s Day marking Sheikh Mujib’s birthday.
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