Remembering André Malraux programmes begin in Dhaka

Remembering André Malraux programmes begin in Dhaka

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Dhaka – In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of André Malraux’s passing, under the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh and the Embassy of France in Dhaka, Alliance Française and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy are organizing a series of events “Remembering André Malraux”. The main event took place on Tuesday at 11.00 am at Jatiyo Chitrashala Auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, Mr. Jean-Pierre Poncet, Deputy Head of Mission to the France Embassy in Bangladesh, HE Mario Palma, Ambassador of Italy to Bangladesh and Prof. Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka were among the distinguished guests present during the occasion.
A press session was organised at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (Seminar Hall, Jatio Nattoshala) where Bruno Plasse, Director of Alliance Française de Dhaka and Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy shared their views about the event “Remembering André Malraux.”
These events are focusing on André Malraux’s support to the liberation war in September 1971, and the homage he paid during his visit to Bangladesh in 1973 to the sacrifice of martyrs, intellectuals, students and people of Bangladesh. At the age of 70 in September 1971, he was one mighty voice to air on the radio a vehement call for the constitution of a new International Brigade for Bangladesh, and his announcement to come forward for military service received hundreds of letters from volunteers. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman invited Malraux in recognition of his commitment to Bangladesh’s cause and in 1973 Malraux visited the independent Bangladesh.
The main event started through the speech of Mr. Jean-Pierre Poncet. Prof. Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique shared his view on Malraux’s visit to University of Dhaka. HE Assaduzaman Noor delivered his welcome address.
After these addresses there was a documentary screening on Malraux’s Visit to Bangladesh in 1973 through the eyes of Prof. Dr Mahmud Shah Qureshi. Dr Gurupada Chakraborty said few words on his book “আশা, Asha (Bangla Translation of André Malraux’s L’Espoir). There was also a Drama performance titled আশা, Asha, directed by Ashim Das, focusing on some some popular speeches given by André Malraux.
André Malraux was the very first Minister of Cultural Affairs in France, appointed by General Charles de Gaulle in 1959. At the end there was a round-table on “Public Cultural Policies and Private Initiative for Culture”. HE Asaduzzaman Noor, HE Mario Palma, Prof. Kaiser Haq, Ruxmoni (Dhaka Art Summit), Ziauddin Tariq Ali (Liberation War Museum), and Anisul Hoque shared their views on the topic.
Two exhibitions also were on display at the lobby, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on 23 November from 10.30 am to 2pm.
Drawing Freely: A 12-panel exhibition on freedom of expression as embodied by fifty press cartoonists from all around the world, presented by Institut Français and Courrier International.
A photography exhibition by Sumon Yusuf who was attending an artist-in-residence programme in Paris during the terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015. In the face of inhuman and extreme cruelty, his photographs became the context he could hold onto: he decided to capture life. – AF Dhaka press release

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