RANGPUR: Noted cultural personalities have underscored the need of unity among the non-communal and progressive forces for rooting out the most heinous enemies of humanity like communalism, imperialism and fundamentalism.
They made the call at inaugural ceremony of the two-day 'Divisional Cultural Festival- 2016' being organised by district unit of 'Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi' at Central Shaheed Minar premises on the Public Library ground here on Sunday afternoon.
The cultural festival began with rendering the national anthem along with hoisting of the national flag and organisational flag by the artistes of 'Bangladesh Udichhi Shilpi Gosthi.'
Later, General Secretary of the central committee of 'Bangladesh Udichhi Shilpi Gosthi' Prabir Sarder formally inaugurated the divisional cultural festival. 'Charon Kobi' Chiniram Adhikari of Nilphamari, 'Jatra Shilpi' Sudhir Kumar Mohanta of Rangpur, Folk-song singer Lokman Hossain of Thakurgaon, Rabindra Sangeet artiste Milan Kumar Bhattacharya of Gaibandha, 'Bhaoyaiya' artiste Bhupati Bhushan Barman of Kurigram, 'Gano Sangeet' singer Rudha Biswas of Lalmonirhat and Folk-song artiste Prohlad Chandra Barman of Panchagarh attended the inaugural ceremony.
Artistes of 'Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi' from all the eight districts under Rangpur division have been participating in different cultural events in the festival.
Later, a brief discussion meeting was arranged with Vice-President of Rangpur district unit of 'Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi' Professor Maloy Kishore Bhattacharya in the chair.
Vice-President of the central committee of 'Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi' and its Rangpur Divisional Convener Dr Swasswato Bhattacharya, members of its central committee Setara Begum and Kazi Abul Hasnat, addressed, among others. Leaders, activists and artistes of different committees of 'Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi' from all over Rangpur division, noted socio-cultural and literary personalities, civil society members, teachers and professionals were present.
The speakers put importance on enhanced nurturing of cultural activities and absolute unity among non-communal forces as the fearful complexion of communalism and fundamentalism is visible now threatening the humanity as a whole. They called upon the non-communal and pro-liberation forces for working unitedly to build a peaceful non-communal Bangladesh free from fundamentalism, militancy, extremism and terrorism for establishing the core spirit of the Great War of Liberation. — BSS