Government Policy

Dhaka to recall French novelist Andre Malraux

The government has mapped out a three-day programme to mark the 40th death anniversary of eminent French novelist Andre Malraux, who made notable contribution to Bangladesh's War of Liberation in 1971.

Under the auspices of Cultural Affairs Ministry, the French Embassy in Dhaka, Alliance Francaise and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy are organizing a series of cultural events from tomorrow in commemoration of his death anniversary on November 23.

These events will focus on the support brought by Malraux to the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 and his visit to Bangladesh in 1973.

Shilpakala Acedmy Director General Liakat Ali Lucky told newsmen at a press conference on the premises of the academy today.

Malraux's novel Man's Fate will be read out partly at Auditorium Nouvelle Vague in Alliance Francaise De Dhaka here at 5pm tomorrow. Dr Gurupada Chakrabarty will discuss on Malraux and his short film Espoir sierra de Teruel will be screened.

A special programme titled "Malraux Ke Mone Pore" subtitled "Remembering Malraux" will begin at National Art Gallery auditorium of Shilpakala Academy at 10 am on November.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Dr Gurupada Chakrabarty, French Ambassador in Dhaka Sophie Aubert and Italian Ambassador in Dhaka Mario Palma will join the reminiscence programme on Malraux.

Two exhibitions titled "Drawing Freely" on the emancipation of people and "Novembre a Paris" on attack on Paris will be inaugurated on the day.

A documentary on "Malraux Visit to Bangladesh in 1973 Through the Eyes of Prof Dr Mahmud Shah Qureshi" will be screened on the day also. Later, a drama titled "Asha" translated by Dr Gurupada Chakrabarty from Malraux will be staged.

A roundtable discussion on "Public Cultural Polices and Private Initiatives for Culture" will be held at 11am. Noveslist Anisul Huq will moderate it.

On November 26, Alliance Francaise De Chittagong will organize a discussion, drama and documentary screening at its auditorium in Chittagong.

Andre Malraux was a French novelist, art theorist and Minister of Cultural Affairs. Malraux's novel La Condition Humaine (Man's Fate) (1933) won the Prix Goncourt. He was appointed by President Charles de Gaulle as Minister of Information (1945-1946) and subsequently as France's first Minister of Cultural Affairs during de Gaulle's presidency (1959-1969).

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman invited Malraux in recognition to his commitment to Bangladesh's cause and he visited the independent Bangladeshin 1973.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)