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The Fearless Call

To give a tribute to the historic 7th March speech by the Father of the Nation, Young Bangla took the initiative to celebrate this day with Digital artwork, a thematic mashup of the 7th march speech in the form of creative art by young artists. As the Joy Bangla Concert paying a tribute to the March 7 speech of the father of the nation was halted for two years in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this artwork worked as its alternative in relaying history by creative means. On the occasion of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 102nd birth anniversary, the young artists collaborated on the digital artwork ‘The Fearless Call’, which highlighted and reimagined the directives of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s landmark speech of March 7, 1971. They explored what ignited courage to fight for the independence of Bangladesh.

The collaborative artwork depicted Bangabandhu’s charismatic entry speech, 23 years of colonial subjugation and suppression, incidents of bloodshed during various protests for rights, call for an economic boycott, ensuring the safety of at-risk groups, gearing up for a war, and an inspiring call for freedom. These seven pieces of artwork have been stitched with fine-tuned typography for the viewer to explore and learn the directives of how an independence movement would eventuate for the colonized nation. The digital mural mashup was installed at the premises of Sheikh Russell Square, the residence of Bangabandhu, Dhanmondi 32 which is the breeding ground for political turnarounds.

The dynamic artists behind ‘The Fearless Call’ are architect, visual artist, and art influencer Reesham Shahab Tirtho; visual artist, art influencer, and concept artist background illustrator Saiyad Saif Ali; creator of Prolific Arts Studio Sushmita Das Dewan; visual artist and graphic designer Ishrat Jahan Shaeera; character designer and concept artist background illustrator Faiaz Rafid; character designer Ahsana Angona; and character designer Md. Mojjammil E Hamid. Each of the artists visualized their own style and vision to depict the historic event through digital illustration, digital painting, and typography.

Praising art techniques portraying the ‘Himalaya-like stature as stated by Fidel Castro’, Professor Nisar Hossain, Dean of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, recommended organizing the artwork to a bigger extent in the coming years. Exuberantly appreciating the artwork in the digital sphere, he recalled artists’ pioneering role in reinstating Bangabandhu’s philosophy in post-1975 Bangladesh when anti-liberation forces went to any length to silence pro-liberation voices. MP Nahim Razzaq, MP Nahid Izhar Khan, Director General of Power Cell Mohammad Hossain, Associate Professor of Faculty of Fine Arts Dulal Chandra Gain, and Dr. Mamun Al Mahtab also spoke at the event.