The first joint Bangladesh-India event to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is underway in Dhaka but will be held also in other parts of the country.
The event an exhibition titled ‘Bangabandhu: Statesman of the Era’ at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) is organized by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and the High Commission of India in Dhaka, in collaboration with BSA – marking the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation.
Curated by renowned art curator ARK Reepon, the special exhibition is featuring artworks of 12 prolific Bangladeshi artists including Abdul Mannan, Md Muniruzzaman, Syeda Mahbuba Karim Mini, Quader Bhuiyan, Kiriti Ranjan Biswas, Sanjib Das Apu, Prashanta Karmakar Buddha, SM Mizanur Rahman, Md Zakir Hossain Pulok, Monjur Rashid, Manik Bonik and Sourav Chowdhury.
The exhibition will also travel to Rajshahi, Sylhet, Jashore and Chittagong from December 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20 and 25 – 27, respectively.
At the launching ceremony on Tuesday, Vikram Goraiswamy, the Indian High Commissioner, along with Education Minister Dipu Monu, said Bangabandhu is an inspiration for millions of his countrymen for his sagacity, courage and most importantly, his unconditional love for his people.
“Bangabandhu is an inspiration for millions of his countrymen for his sagacity, courage and most importantly and his unconditional love for his people …. Bangabandhu was not only an iconic statesman but also a hero in India as well as other parts in the world,” he added..
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni launched the event as the chief guest with special guests former Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor and chief coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee, Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury virtually joined the event.
Dipu Moni thanked the Indian High Commission saying “India and Bangladesh have always shared great mutual friendship. Many of the Indian soldiers have also sacrificed their lives alongside our freedom fighters for our independence in the 1971 War of Liberation, embracing the martyrdom. We hope that exhibitions like this will also be arranged in India as well, as part of the great relationship that India-Bangladesh and Indira Gandhi – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have always continued”.