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Ekushey February

Int'l Mother Language Day in Kathmandu

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu observed the Shaheed Dibas and International Mother Language Day on February 21, 2014 with solemnity and pageantry. The Mission organised a day-long programme to commemorate the day which began with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at the Chancery by the Ambassador in the morning, says a press release. In the evening, the Mission organised a cultural programme, attended by the Ambassadors and other diplomats in Kathmandu, senior Nepalese dignitaries, civil society...

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EKUSHEY FEBRUARY: The Seed of Bengali Nationhood

EKUSHEY FEBRUARY: The Seed of Bengali Nationhood

By the end of World War II, it was evident a New World Order was emerging. British India was one of the first nations to break away from colonisation. At midnight in the middle of August 1947, British India was divided into two countries. India emerged as a country for a Hindu majority....

CISD pays tribute to Language Martyrs

CISD pays tribute to Language Martyrs

On February 21, International Mother Language Day, Cardiff International School Dhaka (CISD) arranged a cultural programme and art competition at its auditorium in Dhanmondi, says a press release. To start with, students of Cardiff along with their parents paid tributes to the Language Martyrs by placing floral wreaths at Shaheed Minar followed by songs...

Hero catches attention

Hero catches attention

Dancer-choreographer Aminul Islam Hero has a close relationship with India. A disciple of Leela Samson, one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, India beckons him time and again. Recently, Hero was in New Delhi to give a performance at the Bangladesh High Commission on Ekushey February. An evening of dance and poetry was the fare for the evening. Hero, accompanied by three dancers from his Srishti Cultural Center -- Sabrina Nisa, Tamimul Haque and Kaspia Punni –put some fine steps together in contemporary, fusion and folk dance. While the dancers captured the agony of the martyrs of the Language Movement, they also presented the ultimate revolt against oppression and the...

How can we forget?

How can we forget?

It can be safely said that Bangla is the most precious language in the world; for no other language and the rights of the people to speak it has been achieved through bloodshed. What remained the pride of Bangladesh is today celebrated across the World -- February 21 is now International Mother Language...

  

Slum children paid homage to Language martyrs

Slum children paid homage to Language martyrs

Slum kids may be deprived of many opportunities, but nature has given them the ability to feel and enjoy everything. Some of those kids put their talent on display at a culture programme at the Municipal area of Srimangal Upazila in Moulvibazar district yesterday. They also paid homage to martyrs of the historic Language Movement...

Editorial

Paying homage to language martyrs

EKUSHEY has and will always be a day of grateful remembrance for us. Not merely is it a day when we pay homage to the sons of the soil who laid down their lives in defence of their mother tongue, but also an occasion on which we reflect on the ways forward. February 21, 1952 is ingrained in our national psyche because it united us to defend all our core values that made the Bengalees a nation. The sacrifice of...

Spirit of Ekushey

Spirit of Ekushey

Years ago, prominent cultural figures hailing from Barisal, were invited over for the centennial celebrations of Brojo Mohon College, popularly known as BM College. The ship was to set sail in the evening and we hurried to the Sadarghat terminal. Everyone seemed in a jovial mood. Veteran singer and composer Abdul Latif; noted singer...

The song that epitomises Ekushey

The song that epitomises Ekushey

Literature, music and arts are a crucial part of any event that matters to the masses; they help people connect to the incident and be driven by the spirit. The Language Movement, often credited as the first scintilla that gave Bangladeshis the strength to fight for their rights and for their liberation, has had songs, poems, novels and artwork of various media portraying it, but one of those pieces stands out as an icon. “Amar Bhai'er Rokte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulitey Pari” is a tune that every child learns in their very early days, and carries it around in a special place in their hearts. Every year on...

No room for militancy: PM

No room for militancy: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said there is no room for terrorism, militancy, money laundering and corruption on the soil of Bangladesh. “We want to establish Bangladesh as a peaceful nation in South Asia,” she said while inaugurating a four-day programme marking the International Mother Language Day at the auditorium of International Mother Language...

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