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6 March, 2019 09:27:09 AM
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Graffiti on Language Movement

Jahidul Islam, RU
Graffiti on Language Movement

Eye-catching graffiti, commemorating the Language Movement of 1952, adorns Rajshahi University's (RU'S) Shaheed Minar premises. There are eight of such artworks showing a combination of village and town people who want Bangla as mother tongue. The graffiti reflects the history of the Language Movement and the post-movement period. The university authorities said 1,000-1,200 tstudents, teachers and visitors visit this area to see the graffiti.

The graffiti is adjacent to the Kazi Nazrul Islam auditorium, on the north side of the central mosque and west side of Shaheed Smrity Sangrahasala, on the campus.

The first graffiti shows a fisherman returning home with his daily catch and family members waiting for him. A mother is teaching Bangla alphabets to her children in front of a cottage while the sun is rising. They also create awareness among people about the language.

The next graffiti shows that by boycotting government decision children are joining a demonstration on the street, where people from all walks of people are demonstrating, demanding recognition of Bangla as the mother tongue under the banner "Rashtro Vasha Bangla Chai".

On the west side of the wall, Pakistani army personnel are firing on them. As a result of the firing, bodies of language martyrs, Rafik, Barakot, Jabbar and Shafiur, are lying on the ground. The seventh graffiti shows a shaheed minar where people are offering floral wreaths, seeking eternal peace for the martyrs.  The final picture is about two persons singing in their mother tongue, Bangla, without any hesitation.

The message of the graffiti is that people should join hands in the greater interest, without discrimination among villages and towns or men and women.

Six students of Fine Arts Faculty of the campus—Nur Alam, Shamia Bonna, Subash Paul, Somitro Kanti Roy, Raihan Ahmed, Sonjoy Kumar and Sanarul Islam—made the graffiti. Assistant professor of ceramics and sculpture, Kanok Kumar Pathak, guided them. Nur Alam, one the painters, said: "We tried out best to portray the Language Movement. Our next generation is making a mistake by differentiating between the history of the Language Movement and the freedom struggle. If this continues, they will forget the real history and lose the spirit of movement in our country. That’s why we have made the graffiti to explain the Language Movement and the great independence movement for building a non-communal and hunger-free Bangladesh."

Kanok Kumar Pathak said: "Every institution should draw graffiti on the Language Movement and independence struggle so that people can know the real history and build 'Sonar Bangla' as envisaged by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujubur Rahman. Besides, the government should take the initiative to build a non-communal Bangladesh.”

Redola Farhana, a student of Dhaka Mohila Polytechnic, said: "I came here with my friend and visited many places on the campus. But the graffiti especially attracted me. Anyone visiting RU must see the university's Shaheed Minar and the graffiti commemorating the Language protesters of 1952."

Suaeb Shuvo of the Institute of Education and Research said: “The graffiti reflects the history of Bangladesh. I visited the Shaheed Minar several times, but the graffiti attracted me the most."

BK

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