Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has taken an initiative to find out ways for making the cultural practices vibrant by organising seminars on world literature, government’s role for promoting culture and sharing experiences with artistes and writers having international exposures.
The academy will hold discussions on rich literature of the world in the alternative weeks under the title ‘Pakkhik Biswa Sahitya Parikrama’.
In the separate fortnight sessions, it will invite policy makers and government officials to discuss on government’s plans for including culture as an important segment in sustainable development plans under the title ‘Development and Culture’, and under the title ‘Local Culture on Global Map’ it will exchange views with the artistes or scholars who participated in the world famous festivals, art exhibitions or other major events.
Local cultural activists, scholars, authors and BSA staffers will participate in the sessions, said the academy’s director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
‘For enriching local culture we need to have sound knowledge on global literature and art trends. Moreover, we need to give guidelines to the government officials on importance of including culture in government’s development plans as also suggested by the UN and UNESCO,’ Liaquat said.
The academy organised the first session of ‘Pakkhik Biswa Sahitya Parikrama’ on Tuesday at its seminar room where Dhaka University teacher Dr Zubair Mohammad Ehsanul Hoque presented the keynote paper on Arabic literature.
Liaquat Ali Lucky and language movement veteran and also Tagore researcher Ahmad Rafique were present at the event.
Zubair delivered his paper on Arabic literature where he focused on the past and contemporary major writers of Arabic literature and its impact on Bangla literature.
‘It is a timely initiative. By participating in the fortnightly literary meets local students, writers and readers can enrich themselves’, said Ahmad Rafique as chair of the session.
The next meet will be held in mid-September on Spanish literature. ‘Gradually, we will hold sessions on Latin American literature, English literature, French literature, German literature, Russian literature and others’, said Abu Saleh Abdullah, coordinator of the fortnightly literary sessions.
The academy will organise world literature conference every year and will publish the papers presented at the fortnightly sessions, he said.
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