Bishwa Sahitya Kendra celebrated its 40th founding anniversary amid festivities on Friday.
In the morning, a procession was brought out from Central Public Library in Shahbagh, which ended at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra in Banglamotor.
Founder of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra Abdullah Abu Sayeed, former minister Rashed Khan Menon, noted artist Mustafa Monowar, noted singer Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman and eminent writer Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, among others, participated in the procession.
After the procession, a colourful cultural programme was held at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra where 50 artistes performed diverse songs. Folk music exponent Kiran Chandra Roy, folk singer Chandana Mozumder, singer Bappa Majumder, classical singer Priyanka Gope and others performed at the programme. Besides, dance troupes presented Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Manipuri dance recitals to the delight of the audience.
‘We stared our journey 40 years ago in 1978. It has been a long journey. I am thankful to all those who have supported us all these years. Bishwa Sahitya Kendra will continue promoting reading habit among people from all walks of life,’ said Abdullah Abu Sayeed.
‘Abdullah Abu Sayeed has dedicated his life to spreading the light of education. I wish Bishwa Sahitya Kendra good luck in its future endeavours,’ said Mustafa Monowar.
Bishwa Sahitya Kendra was founded by writer-activist Abdullah Abu Sayeed in 1978 with the slogan ‘Alokito Manush Chai’. It has been working to promote reading habits and progressive ideas among students and general public.
Bishwa Sahitya Kendra was awarded Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO in 2008 for outstanding achievement and innovations in the field of education.
It currently operates reading programme at 14,000 schools and colleges in 64 districts. It also operates mobile libraries, which transports books to readers across the country.
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