Bablu was an energetic young man, who was a trained electrician by profession, went to Saudi Arabia in search of fortune in 2003 just like many other young men and women from Bangladesh, especially from the rural settings.
Born in a family of workers in a remote Moulvibazar tea garden, Bijoy experienced the bite of severe poverty as he grew up. When he was a child, education was a luxury for his mother, who earned a wage of Tk85 after a full day’s toil in the tea-garden, and his bicycle-mechanic father, who’s daily earning was almost similar.
How important is the role of culture in taking a country forward towards a desired stage of prosperity and development? It is hard to measure but for a country like Bangladesh, it has immense importance.
On a sulky afternoon in mid-2006, a freedom fighter was beaten up by a group of derailed young men in Dhaka.
Close geographical proximity with Khulna, one of the major metropolitan cities in Bangladesh, has never been a blessing for Rupsha. Populated almost entirely by working class people who are either fishermen or farmers or salt-factory laborers, Rupsha has never been well off.
Nakherganj – a union located in the northern district of Kurigram – was a land with no dream. For a boy, it was more likely to have drugs to share with peers than having books to read or joining school. For a girl, it was more likely to be married off than to complete even primary education. Those were the stories of five years ago.
She could develop her career as a crafted musician, playing with notes and enjoying a divine serenity, as she sings Tagore songs and had a graduation in music from a reputed university. Instead, she has developed a strong compulsion to spread the beauty of music
সংস্কৃতি একটি দেশের ধারক-বাহক সবকিছুই। একটি দেশের নাম-পরিচয়, ইতিহাস, আচার সবকিছুর মূলে রয়েছে তার সংস্কৃতি। এ কথা, অস্বীকার করার উপায় নেই যে, এই আকাশ সংস্কৃতি এবং বিশ্বায়নের যুগে ভিন্ন সংস্কৃতির অনুপ্রবেশের কারণে সংস্কৃতির স্বাতন্ত্র্য বজায় রাখা কিছুটা কঠিন। এরূপ সময়ে সিলেটের একটি সাংস্কৃতিক সংগঠন “শ্রুতি” বিরুদ্ধ-স্রােতে দাঁড়িয়ে নতুন প্রজন্মকে প্রতিনিয়ত স্মরণ করিয়ে দিচ্ছে তাদের নিজস্ব সংস্কৃতিকে।