PM vows to reach Bangladesh’s art, culture on world stage
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2020, saying that her government wants to spread Bangladesh’s art, culture and literature across the globe by developing their quality further.
“Not only in our country, we also want to reach our art, culture and literature onto the world stage by improving their quality further,” she told the opening ceremony of the book fair on Bangla Acdemy premises in the city on Sunday afternoon, reports BSS.
Addressing the function as the chief guest, Sheikh Hasina also put emphasis on more translation of Bangla literature and said: “We want the people of different languages of the world to know our rich literature and culture.”
In this connection, she said the Bangla Academy has taken adequate initiatives to this end.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid was present as the special guest, while National Professor Dr Anisuzzamanin presided over the event.
Secretary of the Cultural Affairs Ministry Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal and President of Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers Association Arif Hossain Chhotan also spoke at the function.
Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji delivered the welcome speech at the inaugural ceremony.
This year Bangla Academy has set the theme of the fair as “Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu” by dedicating the fair to the iconic leader, marking his birth centenary.
At the outset of the function, a minute’s silence was observed by showing profound respect to the memories of the Language Movement martyrs.
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mian, ministers, PM’s advisers, parliament members, foreign diplomats, Bangla Academy fellows, senior journalists, writers, poets, publishers and senior civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
The prime minister also handed over Bangla Academy Literary Award 2019 among ten poets and writers.
This year’s winners are: Makid Haider (poem), Wasi Ahmed (fiction), Swarochis Sarker (essay and research), Khairul Alam Sabuj (translation), Ratan Siddique (drama), Rahim Shah (juvenile literature), Rafiqul Islam Bir Uttam (Liberation War-based literature), Nadira Mazumder (science fiction), Faruque Moinuddin (autobiography or travelogue) and Saimon Zakaria (folklore).
Sheikh Hasina, also the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, unveiled the cover of Bangabandhu’s third book titled “Amar Dekha Naya Chin” (The New China as I Saw).
After inaugurating the fair, the prime minister visited different stalls of the fair.