The Bangladesh High Commission in London hosted the “Summit Bangladesh Evening” on 09 October 2016 at the Brady Arts Centre in the heart of where the Bengali diaspora lives. It was dedicated to the freedom fighters and martyrs of the 1971 Bangladesh war.
The programme, which started with the song “JOY BANGLA, BANGLAR JOY” was originally named “Summit Evening of Young Bangladeshi performers,” but changed as the four young men could not come due to visa complexities.
Nadeem Qadir, Minister (Press), organised and anchored the programme, while British-Bangladeshi artists Shammem Azad, Srity Azad, Gouri Chowdhury, Hashi Rani and Sobira Sultana Sonia presented their numbers which was cheered by the crowd.
Khandaker M. Talha, the acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh, could not attend due to unaviodal circumstances.
Qadir, in his introductory remarks said, he was happy to be able to organise the programme, the first ever by the high commission in the Brady Arts Centre.
He said he missed the four young talents who could not come as their visas were refused.
He said the programme has three dimensions — too present Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Golden Bengla, give the young talents a platform to the British audience and bridge Bangladeshis and British-Bangladeshis.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in particular wants that Bangladesh and its youths are projected properly, Qadir added.
He thanked the sponsors Summit Communications Ltd from Dhaka and London’s Tower Hamlets, London Tradition, Hillside Travels, Sonali Business Centre, Faith Printers, Qunatum securities, JMG Cargo, BBCCI, Bangla TV and Hamlets Training Cenrtre.
Media partners were Bangla TV, Weekly Jonomot and Betar Bangla.
Speaking on the occassion, Mr. Nahas Pasha, Chief Editor of weekly Jonomot said that such programmes should be held regularly.
Channel I Europe Managing Director Mr. R. A. Faisol Chowdhury (Shoaib) praised Nadeem Qadir, saying the press (minister) was very active and have been doing things that none had done before in that post.
Hillside Travel Managing Director, Mr. Helal Uddin Khan, said he would continue to support High Commission programmes.
Mr. Unmesh Desai of the Greater London Council said the programme was perfect to uphold Bangladesh.
A similar programme was staged at the London’s prestigious Nehru Centre on Oct 6, 2016.