True to the glory of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India, India’s High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Doraiswami said on Saturday that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Mahatma Gandhi, recognized as the fathers of their respective nations, shared a similar political philosophy and ideology during their individual journeys.
The Indian High Commissioner made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Saturday.
“This unique and interactive digital exhibition not only commemorates 50 years of liberation of Bangladesh, but also the striking similarities between the two great leaders. This exhibition presents their struggles in their individual journeys and their historical political philosophies which led to the creation of two nations – India and Bangladesh, ”said the Indian envoy in his guest of honor speech.
He added: “It is a very special time for us to open the exhibition to the public after the lockdown restrictions of the ongoing pandemic, and we look forward to our friends from Bangladesh and India to visit the site. ‘exhibition and explore the two iconic leaders’ lives and travels through the power of interactive multimedia.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni joined the exhibition as the main guest, while Minister of State for Culture KM Khalid alongside HE Doraiswami joined the digital exhibition as a ‘guest of honor.
Md Abul Monsur, Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, presided over the inauguration ceremony while Liaqat Ali Lucky, General Manager of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, delivered the welcoming speech to the audience.
Thanking India for hosting the exhibition, Dr Dipu Moni said, “Bangladesh and India have always shared a strong mutual friendship and bilateral relationship, rooted in the greatness of our nation father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the father of the nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. This interactive exhibit is just another example of this wonderful relationship, showcasing the eventful journeys of two iconic leaders. “
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This unique digital exhibition is specially curated by Birad Yagnik, curator of Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museums, who shared the motif of the exhibition during an interview with UNB.
“What we can learn from this exhibition is the price of freedom, which is quite well highlighted in this exhibition. Here visitors and devotees can learn about the special qualities and attributes of these two leaders during their battles and travels, which have led to significant changes in this region, ”Yagnik told UNB.
He also thanked the Bangladeshi counterparts whose creative team received vital information and resources for the exhibition: Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, Liberation War Museum, National Museum, 1971: Genocide-Torture Archive & Museum in Khulna and Mujib Borsho Udjapan Committee.
Hosted by the High Commission of India in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the exhibition will remain in Dhaka from September 26 to October 11.
After Dhaka, the Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition will also be shown in Chattogram, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Khulna, then the exhibition will be transferred to the United Nations for display and will later culminate in Calcutta in 2022, Yagnik told UNB.
The exhibition was specially organized by the two governments to commemorate Mujib Borsho and to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, as well as the golden jubilee of India-Bangladesh bilateral relations.
Previously, the exhibition was virtually opened by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on December 16, 2020 during the India-Bangladesh Virtual Summit.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in March 2021, the two leaders visited and enjoyed the digital exhibit at a special exhibit held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka.
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This unique digital exhibition was also presented at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, from December 16; 2020 to January 31, 2021 where it was well received.
Historical quotes from the two great leaders are displayed on the walls of the exhibition, alongside photographs and digital content on different historical events of the two countries.
Historic moments like Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt March, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic March 7, 1971 speech are the main attractions of this exhibition.
The horrific brutality behind the pain and suffering of the Indian and Bangladeshi peoples during two barbaric genocides is presented in the dedicated wall and “genocide tunnel” of the exhibition: the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 and the genocide perpetrated by the Pakistani army in 1971 Liberation War. Photographs of the barbaric torture inflicted on Bangladeshi women by the Pakistani army during the country’s war for independence in 1971 are specially featured in this exhibition.
Photographs of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on different historical events are also displayed, as well as a special holographic time machine, displaying historical photos with specific timelines providing a unique interface to the public.
The organizers of this interactive exhibit, the High Commission of India, in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh and the Shilpakala Academy of Bangladesh, cordially invite everyone to explore this interactive exhibit every 11 days. a.m. to 8 p.m. at the 3rd Galerie du National Art. Complex of galleries.