1. The culture of this country played an unprecedented role in the 1950s and 60s. Excluding the time of Atimari, the amount of cultural activities in the country has increased a lot. But many say the country’s larger population is isolated from the practice. What is your opinion on this?
Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya: The specific objective and necessity of the cultural struggle we waged before the war of liberation was to assert our rights and establish an independent Bangladesh. Everyone was vocal in the cultural activities at the hands of the educated and conscious middle class. After the rise of the state of Bangladesh, that need subsided a lot. After the change of seventy-five pots a need arose again. Then the cultural activists fought again. It is true that in the present context culture has become somewhat isolated from the people. I think there are two reasons for this. 1. The inability of the villagers to be culturally active as before; 2. The impact of cultural globalization on the lives of people in the city.
In the village, thirteen festivals are not held in twelve months like before. We are not able to ensure fair or traveling environment in the village. The opposition to Bengali culture is taking this opportunity. Religion evokes good feelings in people, but religion is being used for political purposes. In the last few years, the culture of Waz in the village has greatly increased, as well as the communalism. Because the people of the village do not have any means of pure entertainment. As a result, they are stuck in these backward practices.
Again the globalization of culture has taken place in the city due to Akash culture. A variety of online resources in everyone’s hands. The way of life and culture of the citizenry is now very much extroverted. The melody of Bengali culture in the city is no longer played on the previous strings. All in all, an isolation, a void has been created.
2. On the occasion of the golden jubilee of independence and the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu, extensive cultural activities have been held for two years at various levels of government and non-government. How many crops we were able to take home from there?
Rezwana Chowdhury Flood: The answer is difficult to say at the moment. The programs just happened. How far the effects of these have reached, it may be easier to say in a few more days. There have been many events on this occasion, many books have been published. It’s not fair to expect that everything will touch everyone. As the number increases, so does the quality. That is our hope.
Due to the reality of Corona, the arrangements were not well received by the public. All the programs of the golden jubilee of the war of liberation and the year of Mujib were to be shown on all the television channels. However, the channels only focused on the discussions that took place with the Prime Minister and foreign heads of state. Apart from BTV, no one showed cultural programs. People did not get any opportunity to watch the programs.
. How can we make our culture meaningful now if we are to realize the kind of society and values we dreamed of during the liberation war? What should we do?
Rezwana Chowdhury Flood: It is important to build golden people for golden Bengal. In order to realize the kind of society and values we dreamed of during the liberation war, culture has to be made an integral part of the education system. The whole education system has to be streamlined. Non-communal education system should be introduced by eliminating the elements of communalism which have been inserted in the textbooks. Action must be taken from the earliest stage for character formation. We run music schools, we teach music. Young children have to panic when they come to school. The poison of communalism is entering their young minds. There is plenty of time to think about these. I think children need to be attracted to Bengali culture from an early age, they need to be made to love it. We also need to overcome the feeling of isolation from each other.