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  • The recipe for a bangla cultural performance:

    a group of students whose authority over the bangla language ranges from
    shameful to Rabindranath Thakur-like precision
    mumbling singers in the background
    breakthrough performances by a few
    not dress rehearsals before the final show
    construction paper cutouts
    little kids yelling and causing ruckus during the performances
    overly dressed aunties
    coffee-holding uncles huddled in clusters at the back
    bathroom lines
    fold out chairs
    colourful saris
    young dancers wrapped in flowers and bright colours doing classical dances
    bells tied to their feet following their every step
    guitars and tablas
    host with microphone that's too loud
    samosas, juice, and tea.

    Ekushey (21) February, in tribute to University of Dhaka students who took to the streets on this day in 1952 despite an ongoing curfew resulting in numerous deaths and civil unrest. The protest was triggered by the public demand to maintain Bangla as the official language. In commemoration, February 21 has also been designated as the International Mother's Language Day by UNESCO since 1999.

    অমর একুশ.

    We are at the Crescent Town Public School gym.
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