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International Mother Language Day

Celebrating mother-tongue

Celebrating mother-tongue

To observe International Mother Language Day, leading cultural organisation of Bogra, Uccharan Academy recently arranged a discussion, cultural function and prize giving ceremony at Romena Afaj Srimiti Mancha of Shaheed Titu Millenayantan of Bogra town. The function was presided over by the chief coordinator of the academy Atiqur Rahman Mithu. Hundreds of children of different...

Plays staged at JKKNIU

Plays staged at JKKNIU

Students of Natyakala Department of Jatiyo Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) in Trishal staged two plays at Gahi Samyaer Gaan Mancha of the university, marking Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day Friday evening. The play “Jaundice and Bibido Balloon”, written by Selim-Al-Din was directed by Al Zabir, a teacher of Natyakala Department...

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...

Bangla Film festival at TSC

Bangla Film festival at TSC

To mark the International Mother Language Day, Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) has organised a six-day film festival. The festival, titled “Amar Bhasha'r Cholocchitro”, is currently being held at the TSC auditorium of Dhaka University. The festival began on February 22 which was inaugurated by AAMS Arefin Siddiqui, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University.   The...

Cultural news from across the country

Cultural news from across the country

Marking the 89th birth anniversary of legendary artist SM Sultan, a eight-day long Sultan Mela began on the premises of Government Victoria College at Sultan Mancha in Narail town yesterday. SM Sultan Foundation and Narail district administration have jointly organised the fair with support from Grameenphone and the cultural affairs ministry. Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister for...

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...

The week that was

The week that was

Marking International Mother Language Day, district administration arranged a discussion and cultural function at Manikganj Government High School playground on Friday. Family members of Language Martyrs Rafiq Uddin Ahmad and Language Movement veterans were accorded reception at the function. The district administration also arranged art, poetry recitation, handwriting and essay writing competitions for children. The winners of the competition were also given prizes at the function. Zahid Maleque Swapan, state minister, Health and Family Welfare – attended as chief guest. Later, artistes of Shishu Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Government Child Home performed at the function. Hundreds of people, including children, attended the event.       Ahmed Humayun Kabir Topu, Pabna Some 50 kids, aged three to four...

Nation pays tributes

Nation pays tributes

Brimming with flowers, the capital's Central Shaheed Minar yesterday wore a solemn look as the International Mother Language Day came upon us. The place was visited by a sea of humans. Starting from the head of the state, people of all walks of life paid their tribute to those who had sacrificed their lives...

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...

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...

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