Sammilita Sanskritik Jote, an umbrella of cultural organisations, on Friday began its four-day long festival marking the 49th Victory Day with the pledge to protect cultural rights of the people.
They also called upon the people to be united to resist fundamentalism and extremism through cultural activities as those evil forces are still conspiring to unstable the country.
The festival began with singing of national anthem by Bangladesh Ganasangeet Samanway Parishad at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka.
Thespian Ramendu Majumdar inaugurated the festival while recitation artiste Ahkam Ullah, on behalf of the Jote read out the declaration of the victory.
Film director Nasir Uddin Yousuf Bachchu said emancipation of a nation depends on cultural progression and cultural campaigners have to play vital role to establish a humanised state through their ideas and activities.
He said there was difference between entertainer and cultural activists as they had to remain conscious about any kind of injustice and stood against them.
Eminent director-playwright Mannan Hira said cultural rights were not only for the cultural activists but also for the general people as without proper cultural transformation the pledge of independence could not be achieved.
Dhaka University pro-vice-chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad said the country was liberated in 1971 after going through a long cultural struggle which begins soon after partition in 1947.
Ramendu Majumdar said the country advanced in different development index but was lacking in ethics and morality which could not be resolute without cultural transformation.
The jote vice-president Jhuna Chowdhury, its general secretary Hasan Arif also spoke at the inaugural session with the jote’s president Golam Kuddus in the chair.
The four-day festival will include solo and group dance recitals, music shows, recitations, street plays and others. Besides, artistes of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra are scheduled to attend a session where they will recall their memories.
The festival will be held at different venues including Central Shaheed Minar, Rabindra Sarobar in Dhanmondi, Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial premises in Rayer Bazar, Mirpur and Donia.
Besides on December 16, the jote will bring out a procession titled ‘Bijay Shobhajatra’ from the Central Shaheed Minar.
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