‘Intense, fragile, powerful’: Forbes effusively lauds Paris exhibit on Bangladesh’s birth, Bangabandhu
“So intense, so fragile, and so powerful”. This is how a Forbes feature describes the Paris exhibit showcasing Anne de Henning’s photos capturing the tumultuous days of Bangladesh’s independence struggle and its founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In reference to the ongoing exhibition that brings to life never seen before photos from the battlefield and of the architect behind the country’s birth Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Alexandra Fein, Executive Director of Asia Now, Paris Asian Art Fair was all praises and delivered the above-mentioned quote. Forbes, an influential and acclaimed global magazine, published the in depth feature on the photo exhibition “Witnessing History in the Making: Photographs by Anne de Henning” that would remain on display until January 23, 2023 at Guimet Museum of Asian Art in Paris. The museum holds the largest collection of Asian art outside of Asia. Pointing to the systematic manipulation of history following the gruesome assassination of Mujib along with most of his family members, the Forbes article found incredibly rare images of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a key highlight of the show. “Most images of Mujib were destroyed during the coup of 1975,” the article reads. “Especially uncommon” is how the article describes those images of the young country’s founder. “These images were taken by de Henning upon her return to Bangladesh in 1972 when she went to witness Rahman’s address to the nation after the United States officially recognized Bangladesh as sovereign,” reads the write up. Importantly, with focus on every aspect of the exhibition, the feature attributed the initiative as a marker of the country’s culture. Reminding Bangladesh’s heroic battle against Pakistani Army in 1971 and the finest hours of the founding father Mujib in an independent nation, the article reads: “Tragic events certainly deserve all the attention they can get but a country cannot be defined without taking into account its cultural scene”. Interacting with Forbes, de Henning commented, “I think it is important that in looking at the images the viewers feel the extent of the courage and determination with which the Bengali people were ready to fight to achieve independence for their country”. The exhibition was earlier held in Dhaka and has been produced by Samdani Art Foundation and Centre for Research and Information(CRI). Radwan Mujib Siddiq, grandson of Bangabandhu and a trustee of CRI, alongside others made a visit to the museum. A graduate from London School and Economics, Radwan is the publisher and architect behind ‘Mujib’, an autobiographical graphic novel on the Father of the Nation for young readers. He also played a key role in the making of “Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale”, a docudrama on his aunt Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and mother Sheikh Rehana. Read more: Radwan Mujib visits Paris photo exhibit on Bangladesh’s birth, Bangabandhu Importantly, the French photographer captured Bangabandhu giving a speech at the first Council Meeting of Awami League after the independence of Bangladesh. “I came specifically from Calcutta to photograph the event,” de Henning said. Although at the time she favoured shooting in black and white, de Henning chose to capture this event in colour because of the vibrant blue, white and red stripes of the shamiyana — ceremonial tent — that housed the event. Rajeeb Samdani, who is a Co-Founder and Trustee of the Samdani Art Foundation, told Forbes, “We have failed to tell the story of our genocide. We have failed to tell the story of our long history of art and literature. We have failed to tell our history which involves a lot of sacrifice and trauma. Through all of this struggle we have become one of the top three largest garment exporters in the world and the second fastest growing economy in the world. So, our story today is one of growth, culture, and perseverance and this is the story we want to tell.” Read more: Dhaka edition of World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 opens at Drik Gallery
Newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pranay Verma on Thursday said he is looking forward to working closely with the Bangladesh government to realise the full potential of Bangladesh-India ties. The envoy said he would try to work towards further expanding and strengthening the close and friendly ties between the countries. He made the remarks as he presented his credentials to President Abdul Hamid. After that, Verma visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at 32 Dhanmondi, Dhaka to pay tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. During his meeting with the president, the Indian high commissioner conveyed the greetings of the government and the people of India to the head of state of Bangladesh. Read: Indian High Commissioner pays tribute to Liberation War martyrs
Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on Sunday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhaka’s Dhanmondi 32 and paid homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu. Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Bangabandhu, received him at the Museum upon the Sultan's arrival there around 3pm. The Sultan visited different corners of the Museum and signed the visitors’ book. On Saturday afternoon, the Brunei Sultan went to the National Martyrs' Memorial, Savar from the airport. There, he was received by the Liberation War Affairs Minister, State Minister Housing and Public Works and State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief. The Sultan placed a wreath paying homage to the Liberation War martyrs, signed visitors’ book; and planted a sapling there. He held meetings with President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen is scheduled to see off Brunei Sultan at the airport on Monday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday offered prayers at the mausoleum of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara. She was accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana while offering Fateha and munajat (prayer) seeking eternal peace of departed souls of Bangabandhu and other martyrs of 15 August, 1975 massacre. Read: PM on way to her village home in Tungipara Prayers were also offered seeking divine blessings for good health and long life of Sheikh Hasina and her family members as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country. PM’s Assistant Press Secretary MM Emrul Kayas, who is accompanying the prime minister, confirmed this. Earlier, the prime minister paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his mausoleum. After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of the independence, who was brutally killed by some disgruntled army men on the dreadful night of 15 August, 1975 along with most of his family members. Family members of the prime minister were also present to pay homage. The PM reached Tungipara in Gopalganj at 10:10 in the morning by road after crossing the Padma Multipurpose Bridge. Earlier, Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana started for Tungipara from her official residence Ganabhaban at about 7:15am. Read: PM to political parties: Let’s all take part in next parliamentary polls Before crossing the Padma Bridge they both paid tolls. The prime minister opened the country's longest ever self-financed Padma multi-purpose bridge amid nationwide jubilation on June 25. Tungipara is their village home in Gopalganj district where their father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country's founding leader, was buried after his assassination on August 15 in 1975.
Prime Minister Sheik Hasina has said that she is happy with the progress in the production of “Mujib: The Making of a Nation”, a biopic based on the life and work of Bangladesh’s founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “I’m impressed with whatever has been done so far,” she said on Wednesday in reply to a question on the biopic during a press conference on her recent India visit at her official residence Ganobhavan. She said the trailer of the film had been launched at the 75th Cannes Festival in France in May this year. “The screening at the prestigious Cannes Festival speaks of the quality of the work so far. Had it not been a work of quality they would not have shown it,” she observed. Read: BFDC reveals primary cast for biopic on Bangabandhu She added: “We have to keep in mind that portrayal of a great leader Bangabandhu is no easy task for any actor. How can you portray bring to live the historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu and the high emotion associated with it?” Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, said she remains in touch with the making of the biopic and its production team led by noted Indian film director Shyam Benegal. The Bangladesh part of the shooting of the biopic has been completed, she said hoping that the much-anticipated film, a joint venture of Bangladesh and India, would hit the movie houses soon. Bangladesh and India launched the project to mark “Muijib Borso”, the birth centenary of Bangabandhu, in 2020 and it is expected to be released by end of this year. In the biopic Bangladeshi actor Arifin Shuvoo has played the role of Bangabandhu, while it has featured other popular actors like Nusrat Faria Mazhar, Nusrat Imroz Tisha and Sabila Nur.
India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said Indians consider Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman an icon — a man of action, courage and conviction. “He (Bangabandhu) is as revered and remembered in India, as he is in Bangladesh,” he said. Jaishankar mentioned that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Bangabandhu is their “hero” too. As a mark of respect to him, both countries have commissioned a biopic on him, which is nearing completion, said the Indian minister. Jaishankar was speaking at the award giving ceremony of the "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Student Scholarship" in New Delhi today (September 7, 2022). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conferred the first Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Scholarship on descendants of Indian armed forces personnel who were martyred or critically wounded during the Liberation war of 1971. Read: Getting Kushiyara water is a big success of PM’s India visit: Quader "Prime Minister, under your and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary leadership, India-Bangladesh relations have taken great strides forward in ways that have not only shaped the contemporary but also the future trajectory of the partnership in mind," said the Indian foreign minister. Jaishankar said for many years, freedom fighters have acted as a bridge between the two countries. "That bond is now reaffirmed as the families of our war veterans and of those who made supreme sacrifices in the Liberation War, gather here today," he said, adding that the decision of the government of Bangladesh to award Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Student Scholarship is a testament of how the Liberation War of 1971 continues to inspire the bilateral relationship. He congratulated the youths who received the scholarship and wished them success. "You inherit a brave and historic legacy. Please honour and cherish it. As you will move ahead in life, you will be the custodian of the memory of that epochal war that gave birth to a new nation. So, do well and be true to everything that you do. That would be one of the finest tributes to a heroic leader, in whose name you receive this scholarship today," he said. Jaishankar thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for this generous gesture of her government. "It is truly a symbol of our unique history."
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said that Father of The Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did everything possible to place the country on a solid foundation. Momen said this while speaking as the chief guest at an award-giving ceremony organized by Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) at the Sylhet Zila Parishad Auditorium on Friday afternoon. “Under Bangabandhu’s leadership, Bangladesh received recognition from 126 countries within just three and a half years. After the Liberation War, Bangabandhu also sent back Indian soldiers from Bangladesh within just two and a half months. While Bangladesh received membership of all the major global organizations during his rule, his biggest contribution was to present the country with a constitution within just nine months of assuming power,” Momen said. Also read: Make PM stronger to materialize Bangabandhu’s dream: FM Momen added that the students need to know about the achievements of Bangabandhu. “Bangabandhu has worked on all fronts, including education, culture and religion. His policies and strategies in the agricultural sector are still guiding us. Our foreign policy, which is ‘Friendship to all, malice to none’, is also the brainchild of him,” added Momen. Writer and social worker Selina Momen attended the event as special guest. Fahima Yasmin, Secretary of Sylhet City Corporation, among others, was present at the event. Also read: Bangabandhu upheld the principle of neutrality in a bipolar world: Anisul
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has suspended one of its leaders from Thakurgaon for allegedly making defamatory remarks on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the National Mourning Day programme. The suspended leader has been identified as Arif Khan Joy, general secretary of BCL’s Samir Uddin Memorial College unit, according to a press release issued by the Thakurgaon BCL unit on Monday. The district BCL unit has also asked Joy to submit a written explanation on the allegation brought against him within three days. Also read: Police baton-charge BCL men in Barguna: Probe body finds 13 police at fault It has warned of making recommendations to the BCL central committee president and general secretary for his expulsion in case the response is not satisfactory. Also read: Eden College: BCL president threatens to drive out some students On August 15, a 15-second video of Joy went viral on social media where he made the purported derogatory comments on Bangabandhu. After the video was brought to the district BCL unit’s attention, it decided to suspend him.
Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury on Saturday said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman taught us how to love the people and soil of the country. “It is possible to build a prosperous country by properly following the ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”. The minister said these while addressing a discussion programme marking the distribution of copies of the book ‘Unfinished Biography of Bangabandhu’ among students in the city. Uddokta Chattogram on Friday organised the event on Kazem Ali High School premises on the occasion of National Mourning Day and the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Read: Dipu Moni hints at reopening of educational institutions soon He said they (students) should be engaged in development activities being imbued with the ideals of Bangabandhu and it would be a real tribute to be paid to Bangabandhu, he added. Sonia Azad, founder of Uddokta Chattogram presided over the meeting while Helal Akbor Chowdhury Babor, former finance affairs secretary of Awami Juba League, Md Shahabuddin Ahmed, president of the managing committee of Kazem Ali School & College, Ansar Ul Haque, general secretary of Chawkbazar thana Awami League, Nur Mostafa Tinu, councilor of No. 16 Chokbazar ward, among other, were present as special guests.
Md Joynal Abedin, Director and Mohammed Monirul Moula, Managing Director & CEO of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) placed a floral wreath at the memorial of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi 32 on Monday on the occasion of National Mourning Day and 47th Martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said a media release. Read: IBBL organises orientation for RDS field officers Muhammad Qaisar Ali, Md Omar Faruk Khan & J Q M Habibullah, Additional Managing Directors, Md Nayer Azam, Md Siddiqur Rahman, Mohammed Jamal Uddin Mazumder, AFM Kamaluddin & Mohammed Shabbir, Deputy Managing Directors, Md Mostafizur Rahman Siddiquee, Chief Human Resources Officer and SM Rabiul Hassan, Principal of IBTRA along with executives, officials and employees of the bank were present on the occasion.