Seven days victory celebration came to an end
Monday, 17 December 2007

Seven days victory celebration came to an end
Victory Day celebration programme
Liberation War Museum celebrated the Victory Day with much enthusiasm and a cultural programme at its premises. The seven-day event that began on December 10 came to an end with yesterday's programme, which included songs, dances, recitations, discussion and staging of a jatrapala titled Andharer Musafir.

The programme began with hoisting the National Flag and rendering the National Anthem. Students of Mohammadpur Preparatory School then presented patriotic songs and dance.

Dr. Sarwar Ali, one of the trustees of the museum, welcomed the audience saying, “My generation fought and liberated the country with a vision. Now it is the responsibility of this generation to realise that dream. Only then the freedom fighters' struggle will be worthwhile.”

Noted litterateur Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal addressed the youngsters at the programme. In his inspiring speech, Professor Iqbal said, “Even in the cold of December, the freedom fighters were seen in a shirt and lungi. They had virtually nothing, and they were fighting the well-trained and armed Pakistani army. What they had was true, unconditional love for the country. To create the Bangladesh of their dreams, you should nurture that kind of love.”

Eminent cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor said, “We have not been able to provide our young with an accurate history of the Liberation War. Now the task has become more complicated. The post-Liberation War generations should apply their sense of logic and study extensively to learn the actual history of our Independence.”

Singer Mahumuduzzaman Babu then rendered the song Ei shobuj maatir bukey.

Muktokantho Recitation Academy, Blooming Lotus International School, UCEP-1 School and Dhrupad Kala Kendra (directed by dancer Shukla Sarkar) also participated at the programme. The underprivileged and working children of UCEP-1 School won rounds of applause from the audience for their spirited performance.

In the evening, Keya Jatra Unit, a troupe from Laksmipur staged their pala Andharer Musafir, a tribute to jatra artiste Brajendra Kumar Dey.

Prior to yesterday's programme, on December 15, Air Vice Marshal (Retd) AK Khandakar, members of Shwadhin Bangla Betar Kendra Ashraful Alam, Kamal Lohani, Ashfaquzzaman Khan, Nasimul Qader Chowdhury and Nayeem Gawhar (lyricist of iconic songs Jonmo amar dhonyo holo and Nongor tolo tolo) shared their memories of the war, recited poems and read from the famous Charampatra at the Liberation War Museum. Veteran singers of Swadhin Bangla Batar Kendra, Manjusree Niogi, Namita Ghosh, Ajit Roy, Bipul Bhattacharya, Shaheen Samad and others presented songs on the same day.

Noted personalities including artistes and intellectuals demanded an immediate initiation of trials of the war criminals.
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