Bangladesh, India to commemorate Bangabandhu's historic speech at Kolkata Feb 6

Gautam Lahiri

3 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: India and Bangladesh will jointly commemorate the historic event of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s first ever visit to Kolkata on February 6.

The commemoration event will take place at the historic Brigade parade ground on February 6.

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 mass rally on the Brigade parade ground. During the visit, it was decided that India would withdraw its army from Bangladesh by March 1972. Accordingly

on March 1, India declared withdrawal of its 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 the 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 the day, about 30 friends 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 will also be organised by the Bangladesh mission in Kolkata.

High Commissioner of Bangladesh Muhammad Imran and Deputy High Commissioner of Kolkata mission Taufique Hasan will also be present at the programme.

Kolkata Mission is also planning a documentary on the stay of Bangabandhu in Kolkata.

Beforehand,  a photography exhibition of the life of Bangabandhu and 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.