London, the city set on the banks of Thames and the historical capital of England, has been a vivid witness to our country’s indelible memory, the Liberation War of 1971. From the development period of the independence struggles to during the war itself, every Bengali expat living in England raised their voices demanding their home country’s independence. London 1971 is an exhibition of photographs and historical memorabilia from the early protesting days of the Liberation War in London to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 1972’s visit to the city on his way back to his homeland. During his visit, Rahman met the then British Prime Minister Edward Heath and addressed the international media at the Claridge’s Hotel.
The debut exhibition of London 1971 will be held today at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Ujjal Das, a convenor of the organising committee and co-ordinator of the event, has confirmed that Asaduzzaman Noor, honourable cultural affairs minister, will inaugurate the three-day exhibition at the 5th Exhibition Room at 4:30pm.
Followed by the inagural, a discussion on “London 1971: Victory of Bengali on Foreign Land” will held at 5:00pm, in which Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, honourable minister of finance, will grace the discussion as the chief guest while Shahriar Alam, honourable state minister to the ministry of foreign affairs, will be present as the special guest. Mohiuddin Ahmed, ex-secretary of the foreign affairs ministry and the second secretary of the then Bangladesh Diplomatic Mission established in London in 1971, and Nuzhat Chowdhury, a teacher at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
The exhibition will run till August 20 with visiting hours from 3:00pm to 8:00pm everyday.