A fair, marking Independence and National Day, began in Mymensingh on March 26. The three-day fair also included discussions, poetry recitation session, staging of dramas and cultural functions performed by the artistes of Zila Shilpakala Academy, Udichi Shilpi Goshthi, Sandipon Sangskritik Sangstha, among others.
Over 25 book stalls, including two from Dhaka, were set up at the fair, organised by Mymensingh district administration under the patronization of Jatiya Grantha Kendra as part of Independence Day celebrations.
Minister for religious affairs principal Matior Rahaman inaugurated the fair as chief guest with deputy commissioner of Mymensingh Mustakim Billah Faruqui in the chair.
The speakers were of the view that there is no alternative of reading books to create an enlightened, knowledgeable society. Without achieving proper knowledge, no nation can reach to its ultimate goal and so habit of reading is a must to earn knowledge, the speakers emphasised.
Mirza Shakil, Tangail
A painting competition based on the Liberation War was held in Tangail recently, to mark Independence Day.
Tangail District Administrations and Zila Shishu Academy jointly organised the competition at the auditorium of the academy, where over 50 students of different classes from different schools took part in three categories.
The students of nursery class to class III painted the national flag of Bangladesh. Students of class IV to VI drew the rural natural scenery of 'Sonar Bangla' and the students of class VII to class X painted the Liberation War of 1971.
A quiz competition titled 'Bangladesh Ke Jano' was held for students of class VI to X. who were also asked to speak on the Liberation War.
The winners of the competitions received awards at a function at Bhasani Hall in the town on Independence Day, said Shofiqul Islam, Tangail district organiser of Bangladesh Shishu Academy.
Sushanta Ghosh, Barisal
The glorious 43rd anniversary of Independence of Bangladesh observed in Barisal with three-day programmes calling for speedy trial and maximum punishment of all war criminals, banning Jamaat-Shibir and rejecting anti-liberation forces in all spheres of life.
Barisal Sangskritik Sangothan Samanya Parishad (BSSSP), an alliance of the 26 major cultural organizations of the city, arranged the programme from 6:30 pm every day from Monday at Barisal Central Shaheed Minar.
The National Anthem was performed simultaneously by the participants of the programmes at different venues at 11:00 am of the day. Barisal Reporters Unity (BRU) a programme titled “Muktijuddher Kotha Bola” (Tales of Liberation War) by veteran Freedom Fighters Nurjahan Begum, Mokhlesur Rahman and Prodip Kumar Ghosh Putul. BRU also arranged a children's painting competition on this occasion.
Barisal University Officers Association arranged a day-long exhibition of documents and books on liberation war at the BU premises with the help of BRU.
Uccharan Academy, a leading cultural organization of Bogra district, arranged a short discussion on the Independence Day and a cultural programme at Romena Afaj Mukto Mancha of Shaheed Titu Mellenayatan in Bogra town on Thursday evening.
The discussion was followed by a cultural programme of the little kids of the organisation at the same location, where around 50 young artistes performed songs and dance.
Speakers at the discussion urged the guardians and spectators of the cultural programmes to teach their next generation in the zeal of patriotism and to be enlightened with the teaching of Liberation War.