Bangladesh National Museum is displaying a collection of around two hundred liberation war documents and memorabilia at an exhibition at its Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery
The fortnight exhibition, which has been organised marking the Victory Day, gives the visitors a glimpse into the eventful and tumultuous days of the liberation war.
Through display of photographs, paper-cuts, weapons and other memorabilia, the exhibition shows sufferings of commoners, brutalities of the Pakistani occupation forces and the resolution and bravery of the freedom fighters.
The show displays 92 photographs of different historic events which took place between early 1971 and 1972, 10 weapons that were used in the war, letters written by freedom fighters to their families, posters and books on the liberation war, different local and foreign media coverage of the war and identity cards of razakars and al badrs.
Renowned actor-director Syed Hasan Imam and poet Nirmalendu Goon jointly inaugurated the exhibition on Sunday, in presence of Bangladesh National Museum director general M Reaz Ahmed and BNM board of trustees chairman artist Hashem Khan.
The exhibition gives an overall impression of the liberation war. I hope the young generation will come to know how the country became independent, said Nirmalendu Goon.
Among the 92 displayed photographs, there are photos of the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman giving the historic speech at the then Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan) on March 7, 1971, dead bodies lying on the streets of Dhaka, Brahmanbaria and Dinajpur, refugees crossing into India, freedom fighters taking training in camps, oath-taking of the provisional government of Bangladesh on April 17, 1971, freedom fighters in action, the surrender of the Pakistani occupation forces on December 16 and others.
Among the weapons used in the liberation war, light machine guns, sten guns, sniper rifles, anti-tank missile and others are also on display.
Articles and paper-cuts of local and foreign newspapers like the Ittefak, Azad, Swadesh, Purbadesh, Evening News and others delineating events of the war have also been exhibited. The show will remain open for all till December 31.