Kazi Nazrul Islams Urdha Gagane Baje Madal once inspired thousands of Bengali youths to join the Bangladesh Liberation War. The song,once again,stands on the precipice of being part of a similar moment that may later cut a slice in finding a common ground in the India-Bangladesh relationship.
The two countries border will tune into Islams song,along with Rabindranath Tagores patriotic rendition Ebar Tor Mora Gange,as the jawans of Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) march together to stage their first ever border retreat ceremonies on the eastern front either at the end of July or the beginning of August.
Children from both the countries will recite poems of Tagore with the spectators clapping and cheering.
The two songs have been finalised but we are considering a few other songs as well. B D Sharma (ADG,BSF) has recommended Dhana Dhanye Pushpe Bhara by D L Roy,which may also be played, Dibyendu Roy,who has prepared the musical for the entire programme,told The Indian Express.
Dibyendu said he will soon visit Petrapole,along with Sharma and Alakananda Roy,the choreographer,to check out the area where the three-day ceremony will take place.
We will start the rehearsal soon and finish it in a months time, Dibyendu,who has worked with Pandit Ravi Shankar and Amitabh Bachchan,told The Indian Express.
Alakananda,who earlier staged dance dramas Balmiki Pratibha by Tagore and Mokshagati involving jail inmates,says that she is planning to involve BSF jawans,too,for taking part in the song and dance programme. I have already talked to the BSF ADG and he has agreed to cooperate. I will take a few jawans and get them to sing. I am also planning to rope in some of them to recite poems by Nazrul and Tagore,too, she said.
Sharma,who has conceptualised the entire show,believes this will be more of a cultural event than a blatant manifestation of aggression of two countries. He says he has already talked to his Bangladeshi counterparts and they were quite enthusiastic about it. Many people have see the ceremony at Wagah but the one at India-Bangladesh border will have a marked difference. Both Bengal and Tripura speak the same language and Nazrul and Tagore are popular in both the states. The retreat operation of the forces of the two countries will be interspersed with cultural programmes like dancing,singing and recitation. It will be short but enchanting and I am sure places like Petrapole will become a nice tourist spot,just like Wagah, Sharma said.