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Language Movement

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Although the most iconic song of our Language Movement is Abdul Gaffer Chowdhury's “Amar Bhai'er Rokte Rangano Ekushey February”, it was not the first song written on the historic incident. The first song was written and composed by Mosharraf Uddin Ahmed on February 24, 1952, and was titled “Mrrityu Ke Jara Tuchcho Korilo...

First US-funded Shahid Minar inaugurated in New Jersey

The first fully funded Shahid Minar has been formally inaugurated in New Jersey, USA showing respect to the language movement martyrs of Bangladesh. The chief guest of the ceremony held yesterday in Paterson was Md Shameem Ahsan, ndc consul general of Bangladesh in New York, along with Deputy Mayor of Paterson Pedro Rodriguez and Council Vice-President Ruby Cotton among others, said a foreign ministry press release. Ahsan thanked Paterson city mayor, Passic County Board, project partners and the community leaders for...

15 named for Ekushey Padak

15 named for Ekushey Padak

Fifteen eminent personalities have been named as recipients of the Ekushey Padak-2015 in recognition of outstanding contribution in their respective fields. The recipients are late Piaru Sardar (posthumous) for language movement, Prof Majibar Rahman Debdas in liberation war, Prof Dwijen Sharma in language and literature, Mohammad Nurul Huda in language and literature, late Abdur...

Songs of Liberation

Songs of Liberation

Music is poetry distilled into sound, music is the eye of the ear, music is the speech of the angels, music is the medicine of a troubled mind - music has indeed been defined in thousand and one ways. Whatever may be the definitions, it is accepted by one and all that music...

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The death of an ultimate rebel

Abdul Matin was an angel in human form

BENJAMIN Franklin cryptically said that many people die at twenty-five but aren't buried until they're seventy-five. Neither proved true in the life of Abdul Matin, who lived it until his last breath. He was 88 when he died on October 8 and his mortal remains went to a medical college instead of being lowered in a grave. The body was donated so that aspiring doctors will get to enrich their knowledge of medical science. Matin made sure nothing of...

Language Movement Hero Abdul Matin's Death

Nation mourns

President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and different politicians and organisations have expressed their condolences at the death of Language Movement hero Abdul Matin. Matin, 88, breathed his last at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday morning. Hamid, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, in his message said the nation has lost a legend of the Language Movement. In a similar message, Sheikh Hasina termed Matin's demise “the end of a living history.” “The first step for the independence of the...

Language movement hero Matin no more

Language movement hero Matin no more

His courage inspired others to stage an instant protest before the all-powerful politician of Pakistan. On March 24, 1948, Abdul Matin along with other students was present at the special convocation at Dhaka University to receive his degree. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the governor general of Pakistan, was the convocation speaker. Jinnah in his speech announced that “Urdu and only Urdu shall be the state language of Pakistan”. This infuriated Matin. He was among those who stood up to protest in one voice: "No. No.” It was this protest that created the momentum for the Language Movement in the subsequent years. It also played a significant role in shaping up the then...

Language movement hero Matin passes away

Language movement hero Matin passes away

Language movement veteran Abdul Matin died this morning at the age of 88 after suffering a prolonged illness. Matin breathed his last at the intensive care unit (ICU) of at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital around 9:00am, Gulbadan Nesa Monika, his wife, told The Daily Star. The language hero, who had been undergoing treatment at the ICU since August 19, was on life support after his condition deteriorated on October 3. Matin, suffered a stroke on August 18 and then had to undergo a surgery at the BSMMU. He was unconscious since then. Matin had an open-heart surgery in 1997. He has some neurological problems as well. Abdul Matin, who is popularly...

National film policy soon

A national film policy will be formulated soon in order to encourage production of good movies imbued with the spirits of the language movement, liberation war, secularism, and democratic and cultural values, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said yesterday. The aim of the policy will be preventing vulgarism, fundamentalism, militancy, and bad culture in Bangladeshi films, he told a roundtable at Dhaka University. The Department of Television and Film Studies (TFS) of Dhaka University organised the discussion, "Vision of Bangladesh...

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