The Bangladesh High Commission in London hosted the "Summit Bangladesh Evening” on October 6, 2016 at the prestigious Nehru Centre in the heart of the city. It was dedicated to the freedom fighters and martyrs of the 1971 Bangladesh war.
The programme was originally named "Summit Evening of Young Bangladeshi performers," but changed as the four young men could not arrive due to visa complexities.
Nadeem Qadir, minister (Press), organised and anchored the programme, while British-Bangladeshi artists Shammem Azad, Srity Azad, Gouri Chowdhury, Hashi Rani and Sobira Sultana Sonia presented their numbers which were cheered on by the crowd.
Khandaker M Talha, the acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh, in his speech said that the high commission would like to host more of such programs in collaboration with the Nehru Centre.
"This program will showcase Bangladesh and its talents," he added. Talha also thanked the minister (Press), Nadeem Qadir for organising the event.
Nehru Centre assistant director, Vibhaji said she was delighted to give the venue for the event and looked forward to more programs, even on a joint-venture.
Qadir, in his introductory remarks said, he was happy to be able to organise the programme, the first ever by the high commission at the Nehru Centre.
He said he missed the four young talents who could not come as their visas were refused despite submitting relevant papers from the high commission.
"We will bring them soon," he asserted.
He also added that the programme has three dimensions -- to present Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Golden Bengal, give the young talents a platform for the British audience and bring together.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in particular, wants that Bangladesh and its youths are projected properly, Qadir added.
He thanked the sponsors, Summit Communications Ltd from Dhaka and London's Tower Hamlets, London Tradition, Hillside Travels, Sonali Business Centre, Faith Printers, Quantum securities, JMG Cargo, BBCCI, Bangla TV and Hamlets Training Centre.
Media partners were Bangla TV, Weekly Jonomot and Betar Bangla.
A seven-minute documentary sent by the four absent Bangladeshi performers was also screened.
A second show is set for October 9, in East London's Brady Arts Centre.