The Liberation War Museum is hosting a weeklong cultural festival to celebrate its 19th founding anniversary as well as the Independence Day at its Segun Bagicha office in Dhaka. The event, which began on Sunday, is featuring dance, music, recitation and theatre – presented by different cultural organisations and culturally-based student organisations every
evening.On the opening day on Sunday, painter Biren Shome delivered a speech on the contributions of artists in the war of liberation. The day also featured dance and musical performances of cultural organisation Spandan, students of West End High School and Khilgaon Girls School and College. Members of Kotha Abritti Charcha Kendra also presented a group recitation.
On the second day, members of Swarachitra Abritti Charcha O Bikash Kendra presented a compilation of poems glorifying the war and the tremendous sacrifices that went into it. Members of Kranti Shilpi Goshthi presented several patriotic songs including Lakkho Lakkho Pran-er Binimoye, while musical troupe Anandan presented songs such as Swadhin Swadhin Dike Dike, Jhar Jhanjha Mrittu and Bhul Noy Kono Bhul Noy. Students of Lake Circus Girl’s High School presented a chorus performance of songs including Teer Hara Oi Dhewer Sagor and Ami Banglar Gaan Gai. Students of Azimpur Girls School and College also presented a dance recital synchronised with the song Bishwa Cheye Achhe Jwole Utho. Meanwhile, Natyabhumi staged Kalantor, written and directed respectively by Zinnah Haque and Apu Aman. The play highlights the growing frustration among people who feel betrayed and neglected despite so-called pro-people movements since 1952. The museum has also organised a book fair with books dealing with issues and events related to the war at its premises. The Segun Bagicha festival coincided with another programme that the museum is organising in Mirpur to mark the atrocities committed during the war. Members of Sangbritta Abritti
Charcha Kendra, Charubak, Dhaka Swattik, and other organisations are performing in the three-day event.