Literacy

Goethe-Institut, HerStory Foundation to host virtual reading circle on Priyabhashini

German cultural organization Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in partnership with HerStory Foundation, is going to host a virtual circle reading of the autobiography ‘Nindito Nondon’ by late sculptor, author, and Birangana of 1971 Liberation War Ferdousi Priyabhashini on Wednesday, marking her 75th birth anniversary.

The virtual reading circle, a monthly event by the initiators, will welcome the readers at 7 pm and the session will take place at online platform Zoom.

“Birangana Ferdousi Priyabhashini’s autobiography ‘Nindito Nondon’ is not only a memoir but also a historical document narrating the birth of the nation. The horrific past and loss of respect during 1971 were forgotten after tasting the sweet independence. Her autobiography brings up the chilling stories of torture of ’71 as well as the shining presence of freedom fighters and the war,” the organizers said via a press release.

The reading circle will be joined by Fuleshwary Priyanandini, daughter of the author and eminent sculptor.

She is currently pursuing her passion for artworks and writings, focused on topics namely gender equality, complexities of relationships, family and social abuse and discrimination and child abuse.

According to Sister Library authority – the platform, powered by female excellence, is a space to celebrate female creativity. The flagship library, founded by indigenous artist Aqui Thami in Bombay, holds one thousand works of women writers, artists, and zine makers. It is an evolving and generative artwork that engages with an in-depth reflection on the visual and reading cultures of modern times.

The goal of the project is to bring together readers, in order to explore literary contributions, showcase the artistic quality, and celebrate women in the creative world – as well as to foster interests and understanding of the accomplishments of female writers and artists, according to the Sister Library.

Following Aqui’s visit in 2020, a Dhaka chapter of the library was opened in the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh which has been hosting female authors and regular circle readings.

Following registration, participants will receive English/ Bangla text, along with the free digital conferencing platform ZOOM link to join the event. For information or technical support, the interested audience may contact through this mobile number: +88 01774706887 or email at kdon@herstorybd.org

Further information regarding the reading circle can also be found at the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh Facebook and Instagram page.