Several cultural bodies organised different programmes Wednesday to celebrate the 76th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, putting the spotlight on her life and works.

The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and the Bangla Academy celebrated the occasion with different events, including cultural programmes, art camps, exhibitions and discussions.

The BSA unveiled a portrait of Sheikh Hasina titled "Shobujer Buke Manobotar Janani" at its premises.

Liaquat Ali Lucky, BSA director general, unveiled the 100 feet by 76 feet portrait with other BSA officials at 3pm.

An exclusive art camp, featuring 80 child artists, was then inaugurated. It continued till 5pm.

At 6pm, the BSA organised a discussion at its National Theatre Hall auditorium, with Lucky in the chair. Bangla Academy President and eminent novelist Selina Hossain joined the seminar as the chief guest and spoke about the life and philosophies of Sheikh Hasina.

A special cultural programme, featuring BSA's baul and Bhawaiya groups, dance troops, and other musical units, then enthralled the audience.

At the National Art Gallery complex, a special exhibition on PM's life and works was also inaugurated Wednesday at Gallery 1. The weeklong exhibition will continue till October 4, every day from 11 am till 8 pm.

Earlier, the Bangla Academy held a book launch, a discussion, and a cultural event at its Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium in the morning.

Director General of the academy poet Nurul Huda delivered the opening remarks at the event. Former University Grants Commission chairman Abdul Mannan delivered the keynote speech "Sheikh Hasina: Praner Pradip Jwaliye."

Later, a cultural event, featuring poetry, music and dance recitals, was held.

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