Report by Humayun Kabir , From Bangladesh.
The Viet Nam Embassy in Bangladesh celebrated the 74th Anniversary of the National Day of Viet Nam and the 50th Anniversary of implementation of Ho Chi Minh’s Testament on 6 September 2019 with great enthusiasm and festivity.
In observance of the 74th Anniversary of the National Day of Viet Nam and the 50th Anniversary of implementation of Ho Chi Minh’s Testament the Viet Nam Embassy in Bangladesh hosted a reception in the evening at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. Viet Nam Ambassador to Bangladesh Tran Van Khoa his lady wife and officers of the Embassy welcomed the guests at the ceremony.
Hon’ble State Minister for Cultural Affairs Mr. KM Khalid, MP attended the reception as the Chief Guest. The reception was also attended, among others, by Parliamentarians, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, diplomats and defence advisers of different Embassies and High Commissions, Heads of International Organizations, high civil and military officials, friends of Viet Nam , businessmen, journalists, members of civil society, cultural community and social elite of Bangladesh , officers and officials of Viet Nam Embassy along with their spouses and expatriate.
A Photo Exhibition on Vietnam’s Father of the Nation, Ho Chi Minh was organized at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises. The Chief Guest of this program Hon’ble State Minister for Cultural Affairs Mr. KM Khalid, MP inaugurated the Photo Exhibition.
The official part of the reception included playing of national anthems of Viet Nam and Bangladesh.
Vietnamese AmbassadorMr.Tran Van Khoa , in his speech said Vietnam and Bangladesh share a lot of similarities in terms of historical background. While the Bangalee pay profound tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Vietnamese are also very proud of our Father of the Nation Ho Chi Minh. Both are visionary leaders and the prime movers of independence. Both Great Leaders dedicated their whole lives and works to the struggle for national independence and people’s freedom. For their outstanding contributions, Ho Chi Minh and Bangabandhu are unique symbols to the people of Vietnam and Bangladesh. To know Ho Chi Minh and Bangabandhu, is to know Vietnam and Bangladesh, and vice versa. Therefore, I am confident that the name and fame of both Fathers of the Nation will remain ever shining in the mind and heart of millions of Vietnamese and Bangalee so long as the country and its people will stay alive. Even after physically leaving our world, the moral thoughts of Ho Chi Minh and Bangabandhu have continued to remain the guiding light for the people of Vietnam and Bangladesh for the target of building a happy, prosperous and developed country.
Ambassador added that , this is the first time that the Biography Dance Theatre on Vietnam’s Father of the Nation, Ho Chi Minh, conceptualised and directed by a Bangladeshi dance artist and director, has been performed in Bangladesh. The activity is in line with the Cultural Exchange Program signed between the Government of our two countries. Therefore, I highly appreciate the efforts of Turongomi Repertory Dance Theatre in collaboration with our Embassy in organising this meaningful program. I hope that the program not only helps all of you know more about the life, career and moral thoughts of our Great Leader Ho Chi Minh, who is recognised as a national liberation hero and a world cultural celebrity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Moreover, I strongly believe that the program also helps to further strengthen people-to-people contacts, enhance mutual understandings and promote excellent traditional friendship between Vietnam and Bangladesh.
The Chief Guest, Hon’ble state Minister for Cultural Affairs Mr. KM Khalid, MP, congratulated the government and the brotherly people of Viet Nam on the Independence day of Viet Nam and wished progress and prosperity of the people of Viet Nam .
He said , Ho Chi Minh , He was great visionary and world leader like our Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who liberated the Bengali Nation from the exploitation and derivation of long thousand years.
The cultural Agreement between Bangladesh and Vietnam has been signed on March 10
Later on the occasion of the 74th Anniversary of the National Day of Viet Nam and the 50th Anniversary of implementation of Ho Chi Minh’s Testament, the Biography Dance Theatre on Vietnam’s Father of the Nation, Ho Chi Minh, conceptualised and directed by a Bangladeshi dance artist and director, has been performed in Bangladesh.