Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) celebrated the Independence Day through a three-day long festival. The festival was held at the centre of BSA in Dhaka and at the Chuknagar Mass Graveyard in the sub-district of Dumuria in Khulna from March 24 to March 26. The festival featured dramas on the Liberation War, an art camp, discussion and cultural sessions and lighting of the beacon of liberty.
The drama "Rajar Bagh '71" was staged at the auditorium of National Music and Dance Centre of BSA to begin the celebrations in the evening of March 24. Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of BSA inaugurated a two-day long art camp and evening sessions for cultural programmes on March 25 at Chuknagar Mass Graveyard. The art camp was participated by sixteen noted artists of Bangladesh including Naima Haque, Aloptogin Tushar, Abdul Mannan, Krishna Chattyapadhyay, Samar Majumdar, Kamaluddin, Azmir and more. On the other hand in the cultural evenings held on March 25 and 26 troupes from Dhaka, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Khulna performed.
The cultural programmes started jointly at Chuknagar and Dhaka at 6.30 in the evening with the lighting of a symbolic beacon of liberty and triumph. A discussion session was also held at Chuknagar in Khulna prior to the cultural programme. Narayan Chandra Chan, state minister for Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock was present as chief guest of the discussion session in Khulna. Nazmul Ahsan, district commissioner of Khulna presided over the session. Liaquat Ali Lucky and UNO of Dumuria were present as special guests of the event. Jahangir Hossain Chowdhury, secretary of BSA gave the welcome speech of the event during which first-hand accounts of the historic massacre of Chuknagar was presented. Sundori Bala, the only survivor of the massacre of 1791 reflected on her childhood memories of the bloody event. In the cultural programme in Dhaka songs, dances and recitations were performed at the Nandan Manch of BSA.
On March 26 Liaquat Ali Lucky led the team of BSA to lay floral wreaths before the National Mausoleum. The art camp of Chuknagar started at 10am while the cultural programme started at 4 in the afternoon. The cultural programme in Dhaka started at 6.30pm at Nandan Manch. In the discussion session preceding the cultural performances Barrister Amirul Islam, one of the key organisers of the Liberation War was present. Professor Abu Md. Delowar, Department of History, University of Dhaka was the keynote speaker of the session chaired by Liaquat Ali Lucky.