New Age | Small Sammanona Magazine 2024 delivered
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New Age | Small Sammanona Magazine 2024 delivered

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Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky among others pose for a group photo during the Little Magazine Exhibition and Awards Ceremony 2024 at the National Art Gallery Auditorium of the academy on Wednesday. | New Age Photo

Bangladesh’s Shilpakala Academy honoured nine small magazines with ‘Little Magazine Sammanona 2024’ and inaugurated a seven-day exhibition of small magazines at a ceremony at its National Art Gallery auditorium on Wednesday.

Three editors of small magazines – Mofidul Haq for Ganasahitya, Abdul Kashem Fazlul Haq for Lokayata and the late Mizanur Rahman for Mizanur Rahmaner Traimasik Patrika – were recognised for their contributions to the practice of small magazines after the War of Independence.

Six other magazines – Charjapod edited by Azad Noman, Lok edited by Aniket Shamim, Ghunghur edited by Humayun Kabir, Jolodhi edited by Nahida Ashrafi, Bunon edited by Khaled ud-deen and HaorKantho edited by Ahmed Manjurul Haque Chowdhury – received awards at the event.

Each magazine received a badge, a certificate and a cash prize of Tk 50,000.

The event also included a cultural performance.

Writer-translator and editor of “Shilpakala” Abdus Selim participated as a speaker, while the event was chaired by the Director General of Shilpakala Academy Bangladesh, Liaquat Ali Lucky. The secretary of the academy, Salahuddin Ahmed, delivered the welcome address.

“In the development of Bengali literature in Bangladesh, small magazines have played a vital role,” said Abdus Selim.

“I started publishing Shilpakala in 1970, under the joint editorship of Abdul Mannan Syed, with the intention of publishing only articles on literature, art and performance, as poems and stories were already widely practiced in Bengali. Now we are feeling the lack of good articles in Bangladesh. I started translating many articles on literature, art and performance into Bengali for small magazines and became a translator,” he said.

He mentioned that advertising and donations for small magazines also promoted cultural practices because they were not profitable.

“Small magazines fought against the establishment, creating an intellectual platform to protest against the then Pakistani government. The insolence of small magazines created different discourses in the society and was practiced across the country before and after the war of independence. Today, corruption is rampant in the society, which shows that we have failed to promote our culture and values ​​everywhere. We need to work hard on moral and cultural values,” said Mofidul Haq.

The seven-day exhibition, featuring more than 500 small magazines published across the country, will end on July 16.