Remembering André Malraux

Remembering André Malraux

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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 organising a series of events “Remembering André Malraux”. The main event will be on 23 November 2016 at 10.30 am at Jatiyo Chitrashala Auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, HE Sophie Aubert, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh, HE Mario Palma, Ambassador of Italy to Bangladesh and Prof. Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka will glance the occation.
A press session was organised today 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.
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 event will start through the speech of HE Sophie Aubert. Prof. Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique will share his view on Malraux’s visit to University of Dhaka. HE Assaduzaman Noor will deliver his welcome address. After these addresses there will be a documentary screening on Malraux’s Visit to Bangladesh in 1973 through the eyes of Prof. Dr Mahmud Shah Qureshi. Dr Gurupada Chakraborty will say few words on his book “আশা, Asha (Bangla Translation of André Malraux’s L’Espoir). There will be 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 will be a round-table on “Public Cultural Policies and Private Initiative for Culture”. HE Asaduzzaman Noor, HE Mario Palma, Prof. Kaiser Haq, (Dhaka Art Summit), Ziauddin Tariq Ali (Liberation War Museum), and Anisul Hoque will share their views on the topic.and Anisul Hoque will share their views on the topic.
Two exhibtions also will be 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.
Novembre à Paris: 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.
An literature and cinema evening is scheduled at the Alliance française, Dhaka:
Between the acts of his dramatic and absorbing life, Malraux wrote several brilliant and powerful novels dealing with the tragic ambiguities of political idealism and revolutionary struggle. He has also authored articles, essays, and books on history and criticism of art. He was an archetypal French intellectual. The Reading Circle will be conducting a reading session on Man’s Fate (English translation of La condition humaine). Presentation by Dr Gurupada Chahraborty of on his book “আশা, Asha (Bangla Translation of André Malraux’s L’Espoir), followed by the screenng of the cinema adaptation of theis novel by Malraux himself. – AFD press release

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