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Renovation of ‘Amar Ekushey’ on JU campus to end soon

Plabon Tarique, JU
Renovation of ‘Amar Ekushey’ on JU campus to end soon

The repair work of the unfinished ‘Amar Ekushe’ sculpture on Jahangirnagar University (JU) premises will be completed very soon, according to the Engineering Faculty of the university.

The sculpture shows a child, killed in gunfire, in his mother’s lap and a protesting student as a visual representation of the Language Movement.

Abdus Salam Md Sharif, acting chief engineer of the university, said: "The repair work will cost approximately Tk. 20 lakh. But we paid only Tk. 6 lakh till now. Jahanara Parveen, a renowned sculptor, is working on this sculpture without taking any payment. Hopefully, it'll  be completed within this month."

"The repair work has almost finished. Now we're setting black stones at the pedestal of the sculpture. This will take two to three days," he added.

The sculptor of Amar Ekushe, Jahanara Perveen, yesterday told The Independent: "I hope to complete the work within a week."

"This sculpture has long been used as an integral part of JU. Its impression is being used on the university website and different publications. But the university authorities didn’t take any initiatives to repair the work for a whole  decade. I find it heartbreaking!" she said.

Earlier, owing to negligence and lack of supervision, the sculpture, commemorating the Language Movement, suffered gradual erosion. Several portions of the figure of the mother came off and exposed the metal frame. Cracks appeared in different parts of the sculpture.

Besides, a thick layer of dust settled on the entire unfinished work, which had never been given a coat of paint. The wall of the foyer looked messy with  posters and graffiti.

But, after the repair work, the sculpture is going to get new look. All cracks of main body of the sculpture have been mended. The work has been painted all over and dust particles removed.

JU students expressed their satisfaction about the repair work as their longstanding demand is going to be fulfilled.

Md Dider, secretary of the JU unit of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF), said: "We thank the university authorities for taking initiatives to repair the work. We've been demanding this for a long time."

“It was a matter of regret that the monument built to commemorate the martyrs of the Language Movement should lie in neglect. By taking the initiatives, the varsity authorities have done a great job," said Ashikur Rahman, secretary of Jahangirnagar Theatre.

Md Jewel Rana, president of the JU unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), said the sculptures on the campus properly should be maintained properly as they represent the glorious hostory of Bangladesh.

The repair work of the sculpture started in last October, 26 years after its commissioning. The first phase of construction had ended in 1991, and it was inaugurated on February 20, 1991, by former VC Prof. Kazi Saleh Ahmed.

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