Ansar Ahmed Ullah Contributing Editor, Shottobani
Frankfurt, February 26: The International Mother Language Day was auspiciously observed in Frankfurt, the commercial hub of Germany on 26 February.
The German Chapter of the Bangabandhu Foundation, Bangladesh set up the model of Shaheed Minar in Fechenheim auditorium, where the Bangladesh Ambassador in Germany Imtiaz Ahmed and President of Bangabandhu Foundation Germany (BFG) Younus Ali Khan along with other guests placed wreaths in honour of language martyrs.
One minute silence was observed commemorating the martyrs of the language movement in 1952 and the departed family members of the Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The discussion meeting was held with the BFG President Younus Ali Khan in the chair. The Bangladesh Ambassador Imtiaz Ahmed inaugurated the induction of the new committee of the BFG and the discussion session as Chief Guest. The International Affairs Secretary of the Bangabandhu Foundation Ahmed Firoz and President of Bangabandhu Foundation Holland David Rahman attended the discussion as special guests.
Speakers stressed the significance of the language movement of 1952. They also highlighted the pioneering role and strong leadership of the Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the students movement of 1947 to the liberation movement and Liberation War of 1971.
Speakers focused on the principles, values and strategic significance of the strong leadership of the Bangabandhu in the language movement and in the Liberation War. The sacrifice of the brave martyrs will be justified only when people of all walks including the new generation at home and abroad practice and flourish their mother tongues in every sphere, they added.
The Ambassador Ahmed paying tribute to the brave martyrs said, ‘Their sacrifice has been always respected and commemorated through the historical monuments at home and abroad. We have successfully established Shaheed Minar in two important places in Portugal, in my previous working place. If we try our best with the joint effort, it will not be difficult for us to do the same in some suitable place in Germany’. The Ambassador also listened to the expectations from the Bengali communities living in different cities in Germany and assured diplomatic support for better facilities of the Bangladesh Mission in Berlin for expatriates.
The General Secretary and Vice President of BFG respectively Khandakar M. Bzu Gani and Hakim Titu moderated the inauguration and the cultural function. Cultural Secretary of BFG Kona Islam, renowned singer from Cologne Abdul Munim, Poet and Artist Mir Zabeda Yeasmin Imi, Jalal Abedin, Robi Roy, Lipika Ahmed and other expatriate singers performed in the cultural session.
Meanwhile, Desh School observed the International Language Day in its premises with placing flower and garlands at the altar of the makeshift Shaheed Minar, discussion meeting and cultural function. Organisers of the Desh School Khalilur Rahman Ratan and Shishirardro Mamun conducted the function, while Chief Coordinator Mithu Kabir presented welcome address and noted Bangladeshi-German entrepreneur and Chief Executive of CLS Computers Dewan Shofik addressed the meeting. Among others, Abdul Munim, Saiful Islam, Khalilur Rahman Ratan, Mir Zabeda Yeasmin Imi, Shirin Akhtar, Tapashi Roy and Hossain Abdul Hai sang and recited poems in the cultural session.
The organizers announced, Desh School and Desh Cultural Group would arrange the annual Boishakhi Adda in Frankfurt on 29 April this year, where renowned and popular star of Bangladesh, Khurshid Alam and popular singer Kona are expected to attend. Organisers will also award this legend cultural personality Desh Scholarly Award 2017 in the function, they added.
28th February’2016, 23:02 GMT