TO CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF BANGLADESH’S INDEPENDENCE DAY, Bethnal Green based arts centre, RICH MIX, will be hosting a series of free events in collaboration with British Asian theatre company Tara Arts and East End based Bengali organisation, Swadhinata Trust with an Opening Reception on Saturday 26 March at 8pm.
Home, Separation, War, Torture, Sacrifice and Freedom are subjects dealt with in an eight-day celebration featuring specially commissioned performances by Tara Arts, a photo exhibition depicting the Liberation War of Bangladesh curated by Swadhinata Trust and a celebratory concert brought together by producer and singer Ershad Alamgir of popular national Bengali TV station, Channel S. Accompanying this will be Bangladeshi and South Asian live music, films, traditional Bengali food and community events taking place throughout the week.
Tara Arts will produce a series of short performances, titled Bangladesh 40 – A Golden Age, directed by Mukul Ahmed (People’s Romeo), based on the novel A Golden Age (2007) by author Tahmima Anam which traces the story of the war of independence in 1971 and the emergence of Bangladesh. The performances will be featured over seven evenings followed by live music celebrating the poetry of the famous Bengali Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore as well as the modern beats of Bangla-Rap.
Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith and unexpected heroism. In the chaos of this era, everyone from student leaders, protesters, the country’s leaders, rickshaw-wallahs to the army’s soldiers must make choices. As a mother, Rehana struggles to keep her family safe, but with a son and daughter determined to become freedom fighters she is faced with family conflict, tensions and a heartbreaking dilemma.
Swadhinata Trust in partnership with Rich Mix will present a photo exhibition during March entitled Freedom exploring the themes of struggle, hope and love and featuring images of the Liberation War of Bangladesh by photographer Anwar Hossain and Abul Lais Shyamal.
Director of Rich Mix, Jane Earl says,
“By hosting and promoting Bangladesh Independence Week we want to introduce new audiences to Rich Mix and to enable local people to understand more about their own history as well as the history of the neighbours they live amongst. By bringing communities together in East London, we can celebrate and promote the culture and heritage of all the myriad communities living here.”
The Bangladesh 40 – A Golden Age celebrations at Rich Mix have been proudly supported by Lycamobile and Telford Homes.
For more information, please visit www.richmix.org.uk/independence.