Different cultural organisations, institutes and troupes observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day through various programmes in the capital on Friday. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangla Academy, Liberation War Museum and Sammilita Sangskritik Jote organised separate programmes to pay tribute to the martyred intellectuals.
In the morning, members of these organisations and institutes placed floral wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in Mirpur.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised its programme in two sessions. The first session was held at Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in Mirpur in the morning where renowned recitation artistes Ashraful Alam, Shimul Mustapha, Suprava Sebati, Ahkam Ullah, Kazi Bushra Ahmed Tithi and others recited poems glorifying the liberation war and people’s sacrifice in the war.
In the evening, a cultural show was held at the open field of the academy. Dance artistes from different troupes commenced the show with a recital synchronised with patriotic song Maronsagor parey, while the academy repertory presented patriotic songs like Daam diye kinechhi Bangla, Noyon chhere chole gele and others.
Bangla Academy organised a solo lecture marking the day where thespian and International Theatre Institute honourary president Ramendu Majumdar delivered the lecture on intellectuals’ responsibilities.
In his speech, Majumdar highlighted how intellectuals helped shape the love for language and the country during the 23 years of the then East Pakistan.
’The liberation war did not begin out of nowhere. Responding and reacting to the oppression, our intellectuals developed a nationalist zeal among our people. We hope today’s intellectuals will also raise questions that are important for the betterment of the country,’ said Majumdar.
Bangladesh National Museum held its programme on Wednesday at its Sufia Kamal Auditorium where Asif Munier, professor Fahmida Khanam and Dr Nuzhat Chowdhury, sons and daughter of martyred intellectuals spoke.
Cultural affairs secretary M Nasir Uddin was present as the chief guest, renowned writer Rashid Haider was present as special guest at the programme presided over by Bangladesh National Museum board of trustees chairman and eminent artist Hashem Khan.
Liberation War Museum observed the day through a programme featuring discussion and cultural show at its auditorium.
Meghna Guhathakurta, daughter of martyred intellectual Jyotirmoy Guhathakurta, and Mijanur Rahman Talukder, son of martyred intellectual Abdul Wahab, spoke on the occasion.
Following the discussion, artistes of Chhayanuat and Matuail Sangeet Academy presented patriotic songs like Amra milechhi aaj mayer dake, Chol chol chol, Himalaya theke sundorban, Ek shagor rokter binimoye, Purba digaanta surja uthechhe and others.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote held cultural programmes at four venues- Central Shaheed Minar, Rabindra Sarobar, Rayerbazar Martyred Intellectuals Memorial and Mirpur Mukul Fauz Field- marking the day.