Politicians, journalists and writers on Friday stressed the need for a cultural movement to abolish fascism and imperialism.
They made the observation at the inaugural ceremony of the two-day 15th national convention of the Bangladesh Lekhak Shibir at Ramesh Chandra Majumdar Auditorium of Dhaka University.
Lekhak Shibir president Hasibur Rahman presided over the programme, which was anchored by its general secretary Kazi Iqbal.
Jatiya Mukti Council president Badruddin Umar inaugurated the programme through a recorded audio speech.
Writer Afzalul Bashar, Jatiya Mukti Council secretary Faizul Hakim, political activist Tahera Begum Jolly, writer and journalist Sohrab Hasan and Gono Bishwabidyalay professor Rahman Chowdhury, among others, addresses the programme.
Lekhak Shibir, founded with the initiative of Ahmed Sofa in 1970, has been making an important contribution to the country’s education, culture and political thoughts for more than 50 years, said Badruddin Umar, adding that in the ‘80s, Lekhak Shibir became a pioneering organisation that enlightened people.
‘Revolution in any country is powered by not only politics but also culture. Bangladesh Lekhak Shibir will work to forward both cultural and political movements,’ said Hasibur Rahman.
Afzalul Bashar said, ‘Culture not only encompasses dance and music. Politics is also connected to culture. Nowadays, many youths are spending much time in the virtual world. We need to do something to change the situation. If they do not engage with the real world, how will they experience reality? We need to work to make the younger generation an important part of the revolution.’
Faizul Hakim said, ‘The subject of today’s discussion is the importance of organising cultural movements against fascism and imperialism. We are discussing the topic when our country is witnessing fascism. Without political movements against fascism and imperialism, cultural movements against fascism and imperialism will not bear any fruit.’
The convention began with artistes singing Bangla version of The Internationale. Following it, a one-minute silence was observed in memory of the progressive writers who died recently.
Later, Lekhak Shibir artistes rendered songs—Mayer Buk Khali Holo, Ahare Ki Ganatantra, Sheyaler Gartta Theke and others.
The concluding day’s event will be held at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad at Segunbagicha in the capital today.
The literary and cultural organisation was established in 1970 as Lekhak Sangram Shibir. Later, it was renamed Bangladesh Lekhak Shibir.
Some progressive writers, namely Ahmed Sofa, Ahmed Sharif, Badruddin Umar, Serajul Islam Choudhury, Sardar Fazlul Karim, Humayun Kabir and others worked to organise liberal writers to further the progressive movement.
Gradually cultural activists, singers, dancers, artists and others became members of the organisation, which has been working to raise awareness against autocracy and religious extremism.
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