Bengali-Swedish poet Anisur Rahman's epic monologue on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be unveiled worldwide today.
The unveiling ceremony of the English version of "Ami Sheikh Mujib" will take place simultaneously in Bangladesh, Kenya, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, reports Bangla daily Samakal.
Arrangements have been made at Gulshan Club to showcase the programme on-screen at 7:00pm today. The programme is sponsored by former BGMEA vice-president Mashiul Azam Sajal.
Gulshan Club has brought together an array of esteemed panelists, including Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, MP Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, painter Rafiqun Nabi, Foreign Secretary Masud bin Momen, Information Secretary Md. Maqbool Hossain, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University Nisar Hossain, President of the Bangladesh Textile Association Mohammad Ali Khokon and Mashiul Azam Sajal.
Guests from abroad, who will be joining the programme, include Christopher Okemwa, a teacher at Kissi University from Kenya; Christian Carlson, a poet and publisher from Sweden; poet Lars Hager, Dominic Williams, editor of Epic Monologue from the United Kingdom; Melanie Perry and Katherine Fletcher from New York.
International publishing house Dracopis Press has published the monologue from London, New York and Tallinn. The book is being marketed globally through Amazon and other online channels.
In addition to English, the epic monologue has been translated into more than ten languages, including Swedish, Nepali, Swahili, Persian, Georgian, Russian, and Spanish.
This monologue was previously performed at different theatres and universities in Europe and Asia in diverse languages, including Jahangirnagar University, Lund University, Wiks Folkhögskola and Wales University of Trinity Saint David, and Nepal.
The monologue, originally written in Bangla, was published in 2016. The book depicts freedom struggle in the 20th century in the Indian subcontinent through Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- from British colonial times to the demise of Bangabandhu.