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DU fine arts students dedicated to make Shaheed Minar colourful

  • Published at 09:51 pm February 20th, 2019
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Students have painted the walls on the side of the Shaheed Minar on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

DSCC has setup a control room to look after area cleanliness

Dhaka University Department of Fine Arts students are at the end of decorating the Shaheed Minar for visitors to pay their respects in a befitting manner on the 67th International Mother Language Day.

As part of the preparations to observe the 21st February (Ekushey February) on Thursday, the students finished painting the pillars of the Shaheed Minar and made colourful designs on the roads at the DU campus on Wednesday.

They have also painted the walls on the side of the Shaheed Minar with writings such as "Ekushey February, how can I forget my brother's blood (in Bangla)", "There is no respect if a man is not respected for his mother language," etc.

Prof Rokeya Sultana of the Faculty of Fine Arts said: “I drew images of the women who participated in the procession of the language movement in 1952 as well as played a role in the making of the Shaheed Minar.” 

“A group of Fine Arts students are working with me in this regard and our work is almost done,” she added.

Sima Akter, a student of the Fine Arts Department, said:  “The work of paintings at the Minar premises is almost at the end. Just a few hours are needed for the final touch up.”

Kamrul Hasan, an official of Dhaka South City Corporation, said: “A control room has been set up by our department to look after the cleanliness and electrical connections of the area.

“All kinds of cleaning and lighting arrangements have been completed,” he added.

According to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB/0 officials, there will be a four tier security measure in the Shaheed Minar area, to ensure the security of VIPs and the general public while they place floral wreaths of respect at the Shaheed Minar.

DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Tuesday said 6,000 police personnel will be deployed at the Central Shaheed Minar alone to keep the area secure. 

Meanwhile, the “Ekushey Udjapan Samonnay Committee” has finalized a route map for the smooth entry and exit of crowds from the Shaheed Minar area on the day.