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Three-day programme on Aug 21 grenade attack begins at BSA

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has organised a three-day programme to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the August 21 grenade attack in Dhaka.

The programme titled ‘August Repeated Attempts’ began at Nandan Mancha of the Academy.  The programme includes special visual arts show (graphic representation of the gruesome attack on an anti-terror rally of the Awami League in Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004) and live performances.

The art show will open for all from 4:00pm 8:00pm till August 23. 

Curated by Avijit Chowdhury and conceptualised by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky, the programme is featuring the performances of Sujon Mahabub, Sadia Brishti, Amrin Promi, Sobuj, Humayra Neer, Munjerin, Rony, Anuradha, Shagor, Mong Shen, Anik, Bishal, Jobaer and Arnab.

“Since 2016, BSA has been organising this special visual arts show  and programme Annually. This year art show  will also mark the reopening of such programmes at the academy after the nationwide shutdown due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic since April 5,” BSA Public Relations Officer Hasan Mahmud said.

BSA Secretary Asaduzzaman is in charge of the visual arts show, supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. It will be supervised by BSA Fine Arts department director Syeda Mahbuba Karim.

On Saturday was the 17th anniversary of the heinous attack, aimed at current Prime Minister and then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina who was addressing a crowd of 20,000 people from the back of a truck at the venue.

At least 24 people were killed, including Sheikh Hasina’s bodyguard Mahbubur Rahman and Awami League Women’s Affairs Secretary Ivy Rahman, and around 300 others injured.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped the attack with an ear injury.