Different cultural organisations celebrated International Mother Language Day and paid tribute to the language movement martyrs organising various programmes across the country on Sunday.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Chhayanaut, Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi, Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad and others arranged programmes marking the day.
The programmes featured discussions, songs, dance recitals, recitation and others.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised a cultural programme at its National Theatre Hall at 5:00pm.
The programme began with artiste rendering the song Amar Bhaier Rakte Rangano Ekushey February.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the programme as chief guest and cultural affairs ministry secretary M Badrul Arefin was present as special guest at the programme.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy secretary Nowshad Hossain delivered the welcome speech and BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the programme.
Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh Banshidhar Mishra Banshidhar, Australian high commissioner to Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer, artistes from Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, Dhaka and officials from different foreign diplomatic missions in Bangladesh performed songs, dance recitals and recitation at the event.
Besides, artistes of Dhaka Sangskritik Dal and Bhangima Nritya Dal jointly staged a dance production featuring songs in 41 languages. The production was directed by Liaquat Ali Lucky, Yeasmin Ali directed music and Ahmed Ali was the choreographer of the production.
Bangla Academy organised a programme at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Hall at 11:00am.
The programme featured discussion and conferring of Jasimuddin Sahitya Puraskar 2021.
Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji gave the welcome speech at the programme where state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid was present as chief guest.
The programme was presided over by Bangla Academy president professor Shamsuzzaman Khan.
Former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin Siddique gave a solo lecture at the event.
The academy honoured renowned writer and language movement veteran Ahmad Rafique with Jasimuddin Sahitya Puraskar 2021.
Bangla Academy secretary AHM Lokman and its culture department director (in-charge) Nurunnahar Khanom received the award on behalf of Ahmad Rafique, who could not attend the event due to illness.
Bangladesh National Museum arranged a handwriting competition for children. The museum’s director general Khondoker Mostafizur Rahman attended the event.
Bangladesh Shishu Academy organised an art, handwriting and spelling competition for children.
Liberation War Museum streamed a live programme on its Facebook page featuring discussion and cultural performances by artistes from different ethnic minority groups.
Cultural organisation Chhayanaut streamed a programme featuring songs and recitations on its Facebook page and YouTube channel at 7:00pm.
Artistes of Chhayanaut namely Maksura Aktar, Maksudur Rahman, Farzana Aktar Popy, Bijan Chandra Mistry, Khairul Islam and others performed songs while Mahmuda Aktar and Abdus Sobur Khan Chowdhury recited poems at the event.
Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad streamed a two-day programme on Saturday and Sunday on its Facebook page.
Artistes from 25 organisations including Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha, Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad and Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi, among others, participated in the programme.
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi organised a programme at Shahbag. The programme featured discussion and a cultural show.
Udichi artistes namely Rabiul Islam Shashi, Shilpi Akhter, Rumi Dey, Tatini Chhara, Shamim Talukder and others participated in the programme.
Besides, different cultural organisations arranged programmes across the country marking the day.
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