Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner Toufique Hasan said he is planning a documentary on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during his stay in Kolkata, on Friday, along with plans for a year-long celebration to commemorate the leader's birth centenary.
Author Sanjib Chattopadhyay has already been approached by Bangladesh government to write a book on Bangbandhu's student life in Kolkata in the 1940s, reports the Times of India.
Bangladesh will celebrate Mujib year from March 17, 2020 to March17, 2021. In Kolkata, the deputy high commission has planned a series of lectures in his memory.
Hasan will also host an art exhibition on Mujib's life at the new Bangladesh gallery, which was inaugurated on Friday.
Bangladesh has already requested Calcutta University and Jadavpur University to set up a chair each in memory of Bangabandhu that it will fund.
At another event on Friday, Prof Atiur Rahman of Dhaka University recalled how Mujib was forced to visit Kolkata twice because of health issues. He was treated for beriberi in the city in 1934, and returned in 1934 due to eye problems.
"He was treated at Kolkata Medical College, but had to wear spectacles from then. His father shifted him to Gopalgunj school in 1937 and there, he first met Fazlul Haque and H S Suhrawardy in 1938 when he headed a volunteer group. He became close to Suhrawardy when he stayed in Kolkata while studying at Islamia College, now known as Maulana Azad College in the 1940s," Rahman said.