A week-long Independence Day Festival featuring songs, dance recitals, street theatre, film screenings, memorial lecture and discussions began at Liberation War Museum at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar in the capital on Friday.
Liberation War Museum has organised the festival marking the 49th Independence Day of the country, which will be celebrated on March 26 and it’s the 23rd founding anniversary of the museum.
‘We organise the week-long Independence Day Festival every year. The festival features cultural shows, film screenings and discussions on liberation war,’ said Mofidul Hoque, trustee member of the Liberation War Museum.
Renowned writer Hasan Azizul Haque delivered the Liberation War Museum memorial lecture. In his lecture, titled ‘Muktijuddha O Agamir Bangladesh’, Hasan Azizul Haque emphasised Liberation War Museum’s role in disseminating the spirit of the liberation war among the younger generation.
‘Liberation War Museum should play the role of disseminating the spirit of the liberation war among the younger generation. Besides, the history of the country and the events that led up to the liberation war should also be disseminated,’ said Haque.
‘For building a prosperous Bangladesh, we need the younger generation to grow up as well-informed citizens who are aware about the history of the country,’ added Haque.
The opening day of the festival also featured recitations and songs. Students of Maniknagar Model High School, artistes of Kranti Shilpigoshthi, Kanthashilan and Dhrupad Kalakendra performed on the opening day.
Artistes of recitation troupe Kanthashilan recited parts from Hasan Azizul Haque’s writing ‘Ekattur Karataley Chhinna Matha’, which gave the audience a glimpse into a chain of events that resulted in Bangalees taking up arms against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
Artistes of Kranti Shilpigoshthi rendered patriotic songs like Amar desh shab manusher, O Amar desher mati and others, while Dhrupad Kalakendra artistes presented dance recitals synchronised with patriotic songs.
In the next six-days, the festival will feature performances by cultural organisations, schools and theatre troupes.
Besides, a walk will be held in the morning on March 26 that will start from Central Shaheed Minar on Dhaka University campus and finish at National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar, informed Liberation War Museum official Rafiqul Islam.
The festival will end on March 28.
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