Bangla Academy on Monday celebrated its 63rd founding anniversary with much enthusiasm and various programmes. It has taken daylong programme to mark the day.
The programme began at 10:00 am with the placing of wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar and grave of Dr Mohammad Shahidullah.
A discussion followed by cultural function was held at the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad hall of the academy in the afternoon. Noted cultural personality and critic Mofidul Haque attended the event and presented the article. Writer Subrata Barua chaired the event.
Officials of Bangla Academy performed the cultural event.
The Bangla Academy began its journey on December 3 in 1955. Chief Minister of the-then East Bengal Abu Hossain Sarker inaugurated the academy. Then Education Minister of East Bangla Ashrafuddin also addressed the function held at Battola of the erstwhile Bardhaman House.
The Bangla Academy had started its activities with four sections, which were expanded to six by the preparatory committee in its 10th meeting on May 18 in 1957.
The sections were research, translation, compilation, publications and sales, culture and library.
The then President of independent Bangladesh promulgated the Bangla Academy Order 1972 on May 17 in 1972 and then the Central Board for Development of Bengali was merged with the academy after the country’s independence.
The number of its sections was increased to 10 by 1983 as finance and planning, establishment, folklore and textbook sections were added to the existing ones.
The Academy’s main task is to conduct research on Bangla language, culture, and history, and publish Bangla literary and research works.
It organises the month-long Ekushey Book Fair, the biggest book fair of the country, commemorating the Language Movement and its martyrs.unb