Friday, December 18, 2015, Poush 4, 1422 BS, Rabiul Awal 5, 1437 Hijri

Flashback on War of Liberation
Sculptures on barbarism of '71 to be unveiled
Abdul Karim
Published :Friday, 18 December, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 72
A group of young artists led by Mintu Dey, a freelance artist, had taken an arduous task of projecting "The Barbarism of'71" for flashing back memories of War of Liberation with an objective to present undistorted history to the new generations.
Under the project, a total of 1,071 pieces of sculptures will be installed to unveil barbarism of infamous Pakistani occupation forces that let loose a reign of terror and resorted to genocide, mass rapes, arsons, killings and other subversive designs that were unprecedented in the contemporary history of mankind.
Talking to the Daily Observer, Mintu Dey said on Thursday that the history of our great liberation war in 1971 in which our brave sons laid down their lives to achieve independence, would be highlighted through this project.
"Unfortunately, some political changeovers in the past 45 years of our independence did not even spare our Liberation War history from being distorted.
This art mission of projecting the 1971 atrocities is just an effort to instill the ideals and spirit of our Liberation Struggle (Muktijuddho) to our new generation," he said.
A total of 26 artists in his team have been working since September 2014, although the project plane was taken earlier as highlighting 7' March historic speech of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"About 40 percent of the total task of the project had been completed, also the team have already made above 800 cut-outs sculpting different characters." he added
Mintu Dey said "We will make 1,071 sculptures in total these will include 300 women, 500 men and 171 soldiers and rest are children".
"There are included general people, freedom fighters, members of Pakistani occupation forces, Razakars, a few vultures, crows and dogs," said 37-year-old artist.
He explained that the plan is to recreate an ambience of the dark night of March 25 (in 1971), the night the Pakistani military launched its heinous genocide on unarmed Bangalees.
"We'll create about 100 sequences using each of these 1,071 sculptures and arrange an open-space projection for them, a unique art event that has never happened before in Bangladesh" he explained
He, however, said that the final display of the artworks will be exhibited for a month at the National Parade Ground, also known as Old Airport on March 25, 2016, Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the artworks, he added.
Later, it will be displayed in every districts of the country.
He expressed deep concerned about completing the onerous task as around Tk 40 lac has already been spent in this project.
"If anyone, especially government would not come forward with necessary finance, the implementation of this project may delay, or even be frustrated," he added
Born in Khulna, Mintu is an art graduate from Khulna University's
Fine Art Institute.
He completed his masters in drawing and painting from the University of Development Alternative.
The young artists and sculptors including Jagodish Biswas, Buddha Dev, Sujan Kumar, Romit Chakma, Ferdous Ara Rasul, Abanish Mondol, most of them are students from Dhaka Art College and Dhaka University's Fine Art Institute, Khulna Art and Josser Art College, have been working with Mintu in this project
DU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefine Siddique told the Daily Observer that, Mintu
has taken a big task to build symbol of liberation war.
"When it will be displayed before the nation, it will help the young generation to know the real history and barbarism of 71" he hoped.

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