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Wagah-like ceremonies on Bangla border,minus the aggression

Stomping of feet to make way for renditions of Kazi Nazrul Islam

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi |
June 25, 2013 4:19:30 am

In A marked difference from the border ceremony on the India-Pakistan frontier,retreat ceremonies planned for the India-Bangladesh border will include renditions from the works of famous Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam,who spoke about undivided Bengal.

India and Bangladesh decided to organise retreat ceremonies at four places on their frontier after talks in March between their border forces. It was also decided to keep the ceremony cordial,devoid of any feet stomping or aggressive body language.

The ceremony will be held at Petrapole-Benapole and Siliguri in West Bengal and Changrabandha-Burimari and Akhaura in Tripura.

Following the meeting,the BSF proposed inclusion of the works of Nazrul,who was known for his bidrohi (rebel) writings. Nazrul was born in Churulia in present day West Bengal but moved to Bangladesh on its invitation in 1972.

“We decided to include Kazi Nazrul Islam’s works as we wanted to do something which projected the common history of both countries. If people from both sides of the border come to watch the ceremony,they should go back with a slice of history. Moreover,it should project the culture of Bengal,” said B D Sharma,ADG,BSF.

“The ceremonies will be held from Friday to Sunday as the weekend in Bangladesh starts on Friday itself,” he said. The BSF has engaged famous Bengali singer Nirmalya Roy and dancer Alokananda Roy to choreograph the show.

“Everything is in place. Our men are already trained to perform such parades. We will also include school children from both sides in the ceremony. Besides parades,it will also have dance and music,” another officer said.

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