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On March 14, 2012, a cultural event was held at the auditorium of East West University to celebrate the 41st independence day of Bangladesh. The programme was organised by the Department of English. The programme started off at 4:30 pm and ended at 6:00 pm.
The programme began with a group performance that consisted of speeches, recitations and songs. Nazia Manzoor, lecturer of the English department, along with her students Sonali, Antora, Riti, Sakib, Tomal, Bijoy, Kakon and Pantho took part in this segment. This segment presented our struggles of two centuries for emancipation. Songs and poems, which represent the story of the birth of Bangladesh, were performed in this session. Through poems, songs and speech, performers showed how Bangladesh struggled through the bloodshed of war and eventually became a free nation. Performers focused on the history of 200 years of British colonialism, Language movement of 1952, mass uprising of 1969, Liberation war of 1971 and post-war crisis. Hasan Al Zayed, a faculty member of the English department, ended this segment by the recitation of 'Bidrohi' by Kazi Nazrul Islam. The opening act was quite dramatic. With the perfect combination of guitar and tabla music, colourful lighting and synchronised performances, the programme managed to grab everyone's attention.
Golam Robbani, faculty member of the English department, started the second part of the show with the popular Bengali song 'Takdoom Takdoom Bajai'. Students and faculty members could not hold back and joined him, singing the song with joy and excitement.
Lecturer Zahid Akhter and two other students- Asfara and Sakib took part in recitation. Waseema Tasreen, another faculty member, presented the famous Tagore song 'Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keo Na Ase' for the audience. Bijoy, a student of the English department, performed a Lalon song titled 'Jat Gelo, Jat Gelo'. The programme ended with another group performance. All performers together presented the song 'Imagination' by Beatles. In the end, Nazia Manzoor thanked everybody for participating and attending the event. The show was hosted by Sonali, a student of English department.
Apart from the students and teachers of the English department, students from other departments attended the event as well. Performers and audiences were dressed in green and red to pay homage to our national flag.
Sakib, one of the organisers, said, "Freedom means freeing oneself from the bondage of corruption, political violence, injustice and illiteracy. Be a free human being. When all free minds will unite, actual freedom will arrive."
Audience left the auditorium humming the song 'we shall overcome' along with the performers.
Rup-Rupali--A Fine Read
Promiti Prova Chowdhury
Like every year, seasoned writer Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, has brought another juvenile novel for us which holds almost every possible element that today's generation is encountering more or less. Published from Somoy Prakashan in the Aumor Ekushey Grontho Mela this year, the book is likely to grab any adolescent's mind (whether a passionate reader or not) because of its smooth and comfortable tone of delineating sequences of the daily life of a teenager.
RUP-RUPALI, a book containing 150 pages tells the story of a teenage girl, Rupali, who feels left-out in her family. The tendency of not encouraging extra-curricular activities within family, abusing house-maid, backbiting in classroom, teacher's unapproachable character to students, private coaching based education, apathy towards science, tyranny of Hindi soap operas, a child's inclination towards drugs due to conflict between parents are some of the ingredients of the book.
The best part about Rup-Rupali is that it shows ways to overcome these problems. People of any age might get simple but crucial insights for dealing with their everyday issues. And of course, the prolific writer's juvenile novel can never be complete without the last scene's adventure done by the protagonist and her friends!