Concert and seminar: Bangladesh at 50
The aspirations and achievements of the Bangladesh independence movement are the focus of this seminar and cultural performance. Academics and development experts from Norway and Sweden will discuss where Bangladesh stands today after 50 years as an independent country. The emergence of Bangladesh was the outcome of successive popular movements for cultural identity, and economic and political emancipation. Shared cultural values carried political significance and inspired both the language movement of 1952, and the independence movement in 1971. Fifty years later, Bangladesh is now moving out of the group of ‘least developed countries’. Nonetheless, robust democratic institutions are not yet in place, and there are growing concerns within both academia and civil society about the country’s political trajectory. A panel of experts will discuss Bangladesh’s internal political and economic dynamics, its interactions with foreign economies, as well as development cooperation with Norway.
The seminar is followed by a cultural performance by the Lund International Tagore Choir. The choir was formed in 2012 on an initiative by Bubu Munshi Eklund, Rabindrasangheet singer from Kolkata living in Sweden. Most of the members are Swedes, all sharing a fascination for the Indian/Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, the 1913 Nobel laureate in Literature, and singing his composed poems in the original Bengali language. The choir made a successful Bangladesh tour in January 2020, with seven concerts in four cities: Dhaka, Jessore, Kushtia and Sylhet.
Eirik G. Jansen has a Dr. Philos degree in social anthropology and has published several books on Bangladesh.
Ragne Birte Lund is a Norwegian diplomat and former ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh.
Masudur Rahman is professor emeritus at Nord University.
Arild Engelsen Ruud is professor of South Asia studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.