Beginning of the cultural festival “Srijone o Shekore” in Bengal Shilpalay

AKM Mozammel Haque speaks to the program. Photos: courtesy of the Bengal Foundation

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AKM Mozammel Haque speaks to the program. Photos: courtesy of the Bengal Foundation

Bengal Foundation, in collaboration with BRAC Bank, opened its five-day cultural festival titled “Srijone o Shekore” at Bengal Shilpalay earlier today. The event seeks to reflect aspects of Bengali culture and contemporary life in music, film, dance, crafts, painting and literature on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.

The Honorable Minister of Liberation War Affairs Ministry AKM Mozammel Haque, MP, inaugurated the five-day festival this evening. During his speech, he said, “Father of the Bangabandhu Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has always encouraged the practice of various aspects of culture. Very few organizations or individuals strive to uphold our national values ​​and ideas. I hope that initiatives of this scale inspire our young generation to know and understand the heritage of Bangladesh. ”Syed Abdul Momen, SME Director of BRAC Bank, was present as a special guest.

The opening day was marked by multiple musical performances.

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The opening day was marked by multiple musical performances.

The event began with a minute’s silence in honor of the intellectual martyrs.

The festival included performances by Sharaj Pancham, a group dance under the direction of Samina Hossain Prema, Kheyal performed by Bengal students Parampara Sangitalay, Mirajul Jannat Sonia and Sushmita Debnath Shuchi, recitation by Shimul Mustafa, Rabindra Sangeet of Bulbul Islam , and concluded with a folk song by Chandana Majumdar.

Earlier in the afternoon, Md Abul Kalam Azad, CEO of the Bangladesh Film and Television Institute, opened an exhibition of short films. Professor Abdul Mannan, Former Chairman of the Bangladesh University Grants Commission, inaugurated the three-week group art exhibition “Swaparjit Prithibi – The Earth in Our Hands” with the participation of 21 Chattogram artists at the Kamrul Hasan Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the building. Against the backdrop of the environmental movement, a group of visual artists from Chittagong held an arts camp in September this year. During the camp, hundreds of townspeople watched the paintings and artists’ performances throughout the week in the shaded and open premises of the CRB. They expressed their solidarity on environmental awareness.

Works exhibited in the program. Photo: Monon Muntaka

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Works exhibited in the program. Photo: Monon Muntaka

From today, the event will include “Kamrul Karumela” and “Boi Porob”, a book festival. An exhibition of works by new artists ‘Swarupe Arup’ will take place on the ground floor of the Bengal Shilpalaya. Regular discussion sessions on the book ‘Alape Bistare’ will be organized. On the second floor of the building is a group art exhibition Soparjito Prithibi – The Earth in Our Hands. An exhibition of short films entitled “Chalchitra” is organized on the fourth floor of the building. Cultural event titled ‘Ganer Jharnatalaya’ on the fifth floor. In addition, there are painting, craft and puppet shows with children titled “Akash Kusum”.

Dancers performing on opening day. Photo: Monon Muntaka

Dancers performing on opening day. Photo: Monon Muntaka


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Darcy J. Skinner