India and Bangladesh will jointly commemorate first ever visit by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Kolkata on February 6.
The commemoration event will take place at historic Brigade parade ground. In 1972, Bangabandhu made his first visit to Kolkata on February 6. Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi received him at the then Dumdum Airport.Both the leaders addressed a mammoth rally on that Brigade parade ground. During that visit, it was decided that India would withdraw its army from Bangladesh by March 1972.
Accordingly on March 1, India declared withdrawal of army from Bangladesh.
To commemorate birth centenary of Father of nation a unique programme is being organised at the same venue of Brigade parade ground.
Information Minister of Bangladesh Dr Hasan Mahmud will grace that occasion. Minister from West Bengal Bratya Basu will also join the programme. In recent visit to New Delhi, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen has invited Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla to attend the programme.
On that day about 30 ' Freinds of Bangladesh' who have got civilian award from Bangladesh government will be felicitated. The government of Bangladesh will accord the felicitation. A grand cultural programme is also organised by the Kolkata Bangladesh mission. High Commissioner of Bangladesh Muhammad Imran and Deputy High Commissioner of Kolkata mission Taufique Hasan will also be present. Kolkata Mission is also planning a documentary on the stay of Bangabandhu in Kolkata.
Before that a photography exhibition of the life of Bangabandhu, Bangladesh Film festivals will be inaugurated at the Nandan theater of Kolkata. Photography exhibitions titled ' Bangabandhu and Bangladesh' will be at the Academy of Fine Arts.