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Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition comes to Dhaka


Published : 25 Sep 2021 09:59 PM | Updated : 26 Sep 2021 05:20 PM

The Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition which is dedicated to the lives of the two most revered leaders of Bangladesh and India has come to Dhaka from New Delhi.

Education minister Dr. Dipu Moni, State Minister for Culture K.M Khalid, High Commissioner of India Vikram Doraiswami opened the exhibition for public viewing at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina earlier jointly inaugurated the digital museum in Dhaka in March, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of independence.

This year also marks the 50 years of India and Bangladesh diplomatic ties.

Bapu is the Father of the Nation of India – Mahatma Gandhi. Both the leaders promoted the vision of non-violence.

The digital exhibition was first jointly inaugurated in New Delhi by the Indian Prime Minister and the Bangladesh PM in December's virtual summit.

The exhibition will remain in Dhaka from 26 September to 11 October and is hosted by the High Commission of India in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh and the Shilpakala Academy.

Then it will be taken to Chattogram, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Khulna and Kolkata.

The exhibition has 21 walls of information and over 100 points of digital engagement.

Birad Rajaram Yajnik, the curator of the exhibition, was earlier quoted as saying in media: “It is a digital exhibition which speaks the language of technology. It gives out the message of the youth today of the lives of the 2 great leaders. The exhibition acts as a catalyst and you come to know interesting things about the 2 great leaders.”

Key points of interest of the exhibition are a ‘meeting wall’ that displays the only photo in the world that has both Bangabandhu and Bapu in one frame, a robotic signature of both the leaders, and the favourite music of the leaders.

Historical moments like Mahatma Gandhi's salt march, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman speech of March 7, 1971 is another noteworthy installation, according to Indiablooms.

The pain and suffering endured by the Indians and Bangladeshi people during the brutal use of force by General Dyer in Jallianwala Bagh in 1919 and the genocide perpetrated by the Pakistani army in 1971 have been digitally shown.

The 'genocide tunnel' shows the depiction, the experiences of the many Bangladeshis who suffered in the hands of the Pakistani army in 1971 war of liberation.

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy invites all to view the interactive exhibition, which includes unique and customised technological features to make the experience more immersive.

Md. Abul Monsur, Secretary to the Ministry of Culture, and Liaqat Ali Lucky, Director General, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy were also present at the opening ceremony.