Marking the 50th Victory Day and Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Liberation War Museum (LWM) is hosting a week-long Victory Carnival-2020 from Thursday.

Due to the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19, this year LWM is opting for a virtual carnival and the programmes are scheduled to be broadcast on its official Facebook page, everyday at 8 pm from December 10 to December 16.

The carnival commenced on Thursday 8 pm with a discussion seminar and cultural event, marking the occasion of Human Rights Day.

The seminar was joined by Nasima Begum NDC, chairman of National Human Rights Commission as its chief guest. Liberation War Museum trustee Dr Sarwar Ali presented the inauguration speech, while Professor Dr Abu Mohammad Delowar Hossain, Department of History at Dhaka University presented a speech on the topic Bangabandhu's Vision: Human Rights and Peace.

Maqsood O' Dhaka, Baul Shahabul (Kushtia), Sovvota and the band and cultural troupe from the Rohingya community living in Bangladesh presented entertaining cultural performances at the event after the seminar.

A number of documentaries produced by LWM are scheduled to be projected on this carnival, from Friday, December 11 to Sunday, December 13, every day 8 pm at LWM Facebook page.

On Friday, the first of the documentaries titled Rakhbo Bohoman will be telecasted on LWM Facebook page. The documentary is directed by Fouzia Khan.

The second documentary, titled Bangladesh: Ekti Potakar Jonmo will be broadcasted on Saturday, directed by Prakash Roy.

On Sunday, two documentaries will be projected at the LWM Facebook page. The first one is titled Ekattor-er Podojatri, directed by Farid Ahmed - which will be followed by the second and final documentary of the carnival, Kan Pete Roi, directed by Mofidul Hoque.

On December 14, a commemorative discussion event marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day will take place at LWM Facebook page. LWM trustee Dr Sarwar Ali, Shahid Dr Azharul Hoque's wife Syed Salma Hoque, Shahid Sheikh Abdus Salam's daughter Sheikh Salma Nargis will join the seminar which will also pay tribute to Liberation War researcher Rashid Haider.

Cultural teams from Sunnydale School, Dhaka and M M Hoque Ideal School, Chapainawabganj will perform at the event alongside singer Rokaiya Hasina Nily.

On December 15, a cultural event will be telecast at the LWM page. Eminent thespian, cultural personality and LWM trustee and member-secretary Sara Zaker will present inauguration speech at the event.

The cultural event will feature musical performances by renowned singers Shaheen Samad, Bijon Kumar Mistry, Dalia Nowsheen, Priyanka Gope and musical group representing Kalyanpur Girls School and College, Dhaka. Rani Dayamayi High School, Rangamati will present dance performance at the event.

The programmes of the carnival's concluding day on December 16, which will be marking the 50th Victory Day of Bangladesh, will begin with hoisting the national flag at LWM premise at 10 am, followed by chorusing the national anthem by the children of Martyred Intellectuals of the Liberation War in 1971. The programme will be broadcast live at LWM Facebook page, directly from the Museum.

At 8 pm, a virtual concert titled Songs of Freedom will be telecasted featuring prominent bands including Maqsood O' Dhaka, Sovvota and the band, Spondon, Poraho, Parthibo and singer Aanchal with Shuvo.

LWM trustee, eminent thespian and former Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor is scheduled to present the inauguration speech at the event.

News agency United News of Bangladesh (UNB) is the Media Partner of the week-long carnival.

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