The Bangladesh High Commission in London hosted the “Summit Bangladesh Evening” on 9 October at the Brady Arts Centre in the heart of London’s Bengali diaspora. It was dedicated to the freedom fighters and martyrs of the 1971 Bangladesh War.
The programme, which started with the song “Joi Bangla, Banglar Joi”. Nadeem Qadir, Minister (Press), anchored the programme, while British-Bangladeshi artists Shameem Azad, Smrity Azad, Gouri Chowdhury, Hashi Rani and Sobira Sultana Sonia performed at the event.
Nadeem Qadir, in his introductory remarks said, he was happy to be able to organise the programme, the first ever by the High Commission in the Brady Arts Centre. He said the programme had three dimensions, to present Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Golden Bangla, provide young talents a platform and bridge Bangladeshis and British-Bengalis. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in particular wants that Bangladesh and its youths are projected properly, Nadeem Qadir added.
He thanked the sponsors Summit Communications Ltd, Dhaka, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London Tradition, Hillside Travels, Sonali Business Centre, Faith Printers, Quantum securities, JMG Cargo, BBCCI, Bangla TV and Hamlets Training Centre.
Media partners were Bangla TV, Weekly Janomot and Betar Bangla. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Nahas Pasha, Chief Editor of weekly Janomot said that such programmes should be held regularly. Channel I Europe Managing Director Mr. R. A. Faisol Chowdhury (Shoaib) praised Nadeem Qadir, saying the press (minister) was very active and have been doing things that none had done before. Hillside Travel Managing Director, Mr. Helal Uddin Khan, said he would continue to support High Commission programmes. Mr. Unmesh Desai of the Greater London Council said the programme was perfect to uphold Bangladesh. A similar programme was staged at the London’s prestigious Nehru Centre on 6 Oct.