Bratachari Bangladesh organised a discussion, followed by a cultural programme on the occasion of the 127th birth anniversary of Gurusaday Dutta, pioneer of the bratachari movement at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in Segun Bagicha on Saturday.
Novelist Selina Hossain, Professor Shoumitra Shekhar of Dhaka University and Bratachari Bangladesh secretary general, Enamul Latif were present as the discussants at the function while the organisation’s president and language activist, Emdad Hossain presided over the programme.
The programme began with the song Bangla Aamar Durnibar by the young artistes of the organisation, Kendriya Kochikachar Mela. They also sang Aamara Bangali, Chal Kodal Chalai and Manush ho. In the discussion, Selina Hossain said, ‘Gurusaday mentioned the peasant’s as gentlemen. People of this generation should learn more about him and we should remember him for his ideal thinking.’
Enamul Latif, highlighted Dutta’s life and works and described the five bratas – knowledge, hard work, truth, joy and unity – of the bratachari movement. ‘The bratachari movement was also spread to Europe, but we have little research on the movement,’ added Enamul Latif.
Language activist Emdad Hossain said, ‘Gurusaday is a man of our land. He hailed from Sylhet. We should always remember this great man with pride. Poet Rabindranath Tagore was influenced by his philosophy.’ In the next session, Jesmine Munna recited a poem titled ‘Banshiwala’ of Rabindranath Tagore.
Shadhona, a centre for advancement of South Asian music and dance presented the ‘Raybeshe dance’, that was directed by Lubna Marium. This special kind of martial art dance form was presented by the lathials of the zamindars of the country. The performers captivated the audience.
Later, the traditional lathi khela by Chan Mia and his troupe from Manikganj also delighted the audience. Chan Mia along with his seven members performed different types of lathi khela.