‘Kingbodonti Bhagirathi’ launched at Museum

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 23,2019


Guests pose for a photo at a book launching ceremony held at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum. — Abdullah Apu

A novel portraying the scenario of the liberation war by writer Moni Haider titled ‘Kingbodonti Bhagirathi’ was launched at a programme held on Monday at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.

Housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim was present as the chief guest while it was presided over by writer Hasnat Abdul Hye. Eminent playwright Masum Reza and writer Abdul Mannan Sarker were present as special guests.

The novel, written by Moni Haider, has been published by Behula Bangla.

The novel revolves around the story of a woman named Bhagirathi who sacrifices her life during the tumultuous days of Liberation War.

The woman helps the freedom fighters by giving secret information about the Pakistani occupation forces.

Pakistani occupation forces detain Bhagirathi in November 1971. Suberdar Selim ordered to kill Bhagirathi. After receiving his directive, two soldiers tied Bhagirathi’s two hands with a jeep and threw her on the ground. The jeep crosses the rough roads of Pirojpur district along with Bhagirathi and eventually parts of her body were shattered.

‘When we start writing a novel it sometimes turns into an autobiography.  However, we have tried to refrain it from being so. It is a novel portraying a reality that took place in Bagirathi’s life. I hope the readers will like the novel,’ said Hasnat Abdul Hye.

‘The novel is portraying the sacrifices of women and their contribution to our independence. We need to write more books with historical backgrounds so that the upcoming generation know more about our history,’ said Abdul Mannan Sarker.

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