Bangla Academy on Sunday (Dec 3) celebrated its 62nd founding anniversary with much enthusiasm and various programmes. The programmes began in the morning with placing of wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka.
A discussion programme followed by a cultural function was held at Rabindra Chattar of the academy in the afternoon. Professor Golam Murshid presented the keynote speech at the discussion programme. Bangla Academy president Professor Emeritus of Dhaka University Anisuzzaman presided over the programme, while its director general Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan delivered the welcome speech.
Bangla Academy began its journey on Dec 3, 1955. Chief minister of the then East Bengal Abu Hossain Sarker inaugurated the academy. Then education minister of East Bangla Ashrafuddin also addressed the function held at 'Bot tola' of the erstwhile Bardhaman House.
The academy had started its activities with four sections, which were expanded to six by the preparatory committee in its 10th meeting on May 18, 1957. The sections were research, translation, compilation, publications and sales, culture and library.
The then president of independent Bangladesh promulgated the Bangla Academy Order 1972 on May 17, 1972 and then the Central Board for Development of Bengali was merged with the academy after the country's independence.
The number of its sections was increased to 10 by 1983 as finance and planning, establishment, folklore and textbook sections were added to the existing ones.
The academy's main task is to conduct research on Bangla language, culture, and history, and publish Bangla literary and research works. It organises the month-long Amar Ekushey Granthamela (book fair), the biggest book fair of the country, commemorating the Language Movement and its martyrs.