Published:  03:36 PM, 12 February 2020

Cultural practices indispensable for development: PM

Cultural practices indispensable for development: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said cultural practices are indispensable for taking the country towards development.

“I think our cultural practices are very essential when we want to take the country towards development,” she said while inaugurating the month-long drama festival across the country through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban in the capital.

Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation in collaboration with the Cultural Affairs Ministry and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged the National Drama Festival 2020 with the participation of 400 drama troupes across 64 districts of the country.

The Prime Minister said sports, games and cultural practices are essential to bring children, juveniles and the young generation to the right path as nowadays drugs, terrorism and militancy take both a family and a society to the path of destruction.

“The more we’ll engage them in these (sports, games and cultural practices), the more we’ll be able to bring them to the right path,” she said.

Noting that cultural development is a quality of a nation, Sheikh Hasina said, “We’ll have to uphold this characteristic.”    

She said the nature of a nation can be exposed, presented or disseminated through the practices of a culture by all irrespective of religion and race.

The Prime Minister extended her sincere thanks to Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation for taking the initiative to arrange the month-long drama festival on the eve of the ‘Mujib Borsho’.

Bangladesh Shipakata Academy (BSA) and its divisional offices in Dhaka, Chattogram, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet joined the videoconference.
Some 30,000 drama activists from 400 drama troupes of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation will join the drama extravaganza and a total of 302 dramas are scheduled to be staged in all the BSA venues across the country.

PM’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam and State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid were, among others, present at the function conducted by PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus.

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