The 10-day celebrations ‘Eternal Mujib’ from March 17 to 26 at the National Parade Ground marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence has ended obtaining recognitions of the country’s achievements and showcasing its rich history, culture and heritage.
Five top statesmen of subcontinent attended the programs in person amid the coronavirus pandemic. They are Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Bhutan Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.When top leaders of most of the countries have stopped visiting other countries to avoid risk of being infected by Covid-19 and restrictions imposed by the health experts, tour of five major South Asian leaders has proved the importance of the programme and achievement of the government.
The Queen of Britain Elizabeth II, the Emperor of Japan Naruhito, the King of Belgium Philippe of Belgium, King of Malaysia Abdullah of Pahang,
King of Spain Felipe VI, King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and King of Morocco Mohammed VI, the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, and the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent congratulatory messages on the occasion.
Important global leaders including US President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Boris Jonson, Pope Francis II of the Vatican, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan have lauded Bangladesh for its outstanding achievements in the last five decades.
Besides, Prime Minister of Cambodia, and Presidents of Austria, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Egypt, European Council, Georgia, North Korea, Poland, and Singapore sent written congratulatory messages.
Moreover, Presidents of Thailand, Swiss Federation, Philippines, Palestine, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Mongolia and Zambia and Prime Ministers of China, Algeria, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cuba, Czech Republic, Greece, Iraq, Kosovo, Montenegro, Monaco, Malaysia, Qatar, Serbia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Vice-President of UAE, and Chairman of State Administrative Council of Myanmar have sent similar messages.They all have showered the government and people of Bangladesh with congratulations for its golden jubilee of independence and wishes for its success in the future.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, OIC Secretary General Yousef Al Othaimeen, Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azule, and President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi also sent messages.
Key note speeches presented on ten separate themes by scholars, thematic audio-visuals, and cultural performances of local and international artistes highlighting Bangladesh’s Liberation War and dedicating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Liberation War heroes have made the audiences spellbound.
Video clips on historic incidents, orchestra music, thematic choreography, theatrical choreography, drama, recitation, dance, dance drama, songs of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, patriotic songs, Bangabandhu’s favourite songs, Rabindra sangeet, Nazrul sangeet, folk songs of the country’s various regions and presentation of different forms of Bangladesh’s folk arts including Poter Gaan, Jatra Pala, Baul Gaan, performance of ethnic minorities were the key features of the gala celebrations.
Apart from the performance of the cultural troupes of India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Switzerland, Indonesia, South Korea, performers of Bangladesh have showed their expertise in these programmes.
Fireworks and laser show, light and sound show, and CG animation video have added another dimension in the overall presentation.