Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana visited a photo and painting exhibition titled 'Lightning the Fire of Freedom: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' at Shilpakala Academy here on Friday.

Saima Wazed Putul, Sheikh Hasina's daughter and Chairperson of Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, also accompanied the Prime Minister during the visit.

While visiting the exhibition at the National Art Gallery of the academy, the prime minister spoke about the photos and paintings of the exhibition.

She recalled her participation in the movement against the then Pakistani rulers for banning Rabindra Sangeet when she saw a newspaper report on the movement displayed in the exhibition.

Sheikh Hasina said her mother, Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, did not allow her to go out of their home for a few days when photos on her participation in the movement published in the newspapers.

The two daughters of Bangabandhu turned very emotional and embraced each other after listening to the historic March 7 speech which was displayed in the exhibition.

Later, Sheikh Hasina, her daughter and Sheikh Rehana visited other artworks arranged by Shilpakala Academy and also took a selfie in front of a portrait of Bangabandhu.

The Dhaka Art Summit 2020 was held at Shilpakala Academy from February 7-15, and a special exhibition on Bangabandhu was arranged at the summit as part of 'Mujib Borsho'.

Though the summit ended, the exhibition was kept open to facilitate the Prime Minister to visit the exhibition and it will remain open to all till March 31, organisers said.

Samdani Art Foundation organised the exhibition in cooperation with Shilpaka Academy and Centre for Research and Information (CRI).

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