Recitation artistes protest sexual violence against women

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 19,2019 | Updated: 23:36, Apr 18,2019


Recitation artistes perform at the programme. – Ali Hossain Mintu

Renowned recitation artistes recited poems seeking justice for Nusrat Jahan Rafi and protested at sexual violence and harassment against women at a programme held at Soparjita Swadhinata, TSC of Dhaka University on Wednesday.
The programme was organised by recitation troupe Swaroshruti.
Artistes of the troupe commenced the show with a recitation production, titled ‘Phusche Bangladesh’, written and directed by Sammilita Sangskritik Jote general secretary Hasan Arif.
The production gives us a glimpse into sexual violence and harassment against women across the country, including rape and murder of Tonu, murder of Nusrat and others.
It’s also satirises role of law enforcement agencies and local administration in preventing sexual violence and harassment against women and urges the masses to raise their voices.
Among others, renowned recitation artiste Ahsan Ullah Tomal recited a poem on Nusrat Jahan Rafi penned by poet Jubaer Milon, Iqbal Khorshed recited Chhuri Dekhiye Bhalobasha Pawa Jay Na and Meyeti Roder Pothe by Indian Bengali poet Mallika Sengupta, Faizul Alam Pappu recited Mukhomukhi Daranor Diney by Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, Nazmul Ahsan recited Nusrat Ar Phirbey Na by Robin Ahsan and Masum Azizul Bashar recited Prottokha Kheyal Kore Dekho by Jubaer Milon.
Besides, leading recitation artistes like Rezina Wali Lina, Naila Tarannum Kakoli, Tamanna Tithi, Rafiqul Islam and others participated in the event.
Swaroshruti artistes Sayeda Salma Saha recited Sari by Subodh Sarker and Tahera Afroz recited Kanya Shlok by Mallika Sengupta, among others.
‘I am glad to see that recitation artistes have raised their voices demanding justice for Nusrat and protested at of sexual violence and harassment against women. We demand a society where women can move freely without fear,’ Shegufta Sejuti, an audience member, told New Age.

Want stories like this in your inbox?

Sign up to exclusive daily email