Starting from March till December, there are several days that hold tremendous significance and carry thousands of tales -- of sorrow and horror, of heroism and glory -- of the Liberation War. The war that began in the fierce March, ended in the cold December, giving birth to an independent nation.
Keeping in line with tradition, Dhaka University -- a cradle of nationalist movements -- celebrated the 42nd Victory Day. The entire campus sparkled with colourful lights, walls got painted with victory day messages and illustrations, and the sculptures on campus donned a fresh look. Student organisations based at Teacher-Students Centre (TSC) of the university, celebrated the day with elaborate programmes.
“Rokte Ranga Bijoy Amar-2013”, a three-daylong programme stretching from December 14 to 16, began with remembering the dark night of December 14, 1971, of which DU had been the worst victim. On the morning of Martyred Intellectuals Day, all TSC-based social and cultural organisations formed a human chain at Shahid-Buddhijibi Chattar to demand justice for teachers, intellectuals, students and staff of the university, killed during the war. Then TSC-based organisation, Slogan '71, with participation of children, made a giant national flag. A street performance by Dhaka University Mime Action followed. In the evening, Shahid-Buddhijibi Chattar and Oporajeyo Bangla were adorned with candles; prayers were offered for the martyrs.
The next day, Dhaka University Photographic Society (DUPS) reflected on the war through a photography exhibition at TSC, followed by a special parliamentary debate by Dhaka University Debating Society (DUTS). In the evening, TSC area vibrated with music as a number of university based bands took the stage one by one. Meghdol, Borshi, Chhutir Ghonta and Chitkar performed patriotic songs, along with their own compositions.
Later in the evening, Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) released fanush (paper balloons). Fanush illuminating the night sky, George Harrison's “Bangladesh” playing in the background and thousands chanting “Joy Bangla” made for an unforgettable ambiance.
Fireworks marked the beginning of Victory Day in the early hours. Dazzling fireworks at Raju Bhashkarja, fanush in front of TSC and bands singing the national anthem live made for a perfect celebration. The celebrations continued with thousands of people gathering at the intersection, living the moment.
In the morning, Dhaka University Cycling Club (DUCC) brought out Bijoy Rally, led by DU Vice Chancellor, Professor, AAMS Arefin Siddique. Slogan '71 displayed a special wall magazine in the noon, while Backbencher, another TSC-based organisation, celebrated the day at 4:31 in the afternoon. Later, DUFS screened films on Liberation War, and DUPS held a photo exhibition.