CRI unveiled the 8th episode of graphic novel series ‘Mujib’ on February 7, 2021. Popular fiction writer and educationist Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal; artist and director Wahid Ibn Reza; cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and singer Karishma Sanu Sovvota joined the virtual unveiling ceremony. Shibu Kumer Shill, creative editor of the graphic novel, moderated the event.
Graphic novel ‘Mujib’ is a CRI initiative to transform ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’ written by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman into a graphic novel with the aim to present the eventful life of Bangabandhu to younger generation in an attractive manner. The graphic novel series brings together the young Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the activist, the son, the husband, the mentee of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. The 8th episode highlights a young political activist Mujib, against the backdrop of post-partition politics and the early phase of the Language Movement.
During the virtual discussion, Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal nicely pinpointed that the children will be informed and intrigued by exploring Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s life and works through reading the graphic novel. “We must pass on the stories of Bangabandhu to the next generation. Merely gathering information about him will not suffice. Rather, we must ensure that they can deeply internalize Bangabandhu’s ideals as well,” said the Professor.
The director of ‘Surviving 71’, Wahid Ibn Reza expressed his enthusiasm about the graphic novel and how he eagerly waited for his copies of ‘Mujib’ when the latest episodes were published. During the discussion, Reza emphasized on more bold initiatives like ‘Mujib’ to tell the story of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which will inspire the global audience in the coming days.
Singer Karishma Sanu Sovvota also expressed her enthusiasm about ‘Mujib’ and shared a few anecdotes of how she got to know Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and how the graphic novel helped her visualize the person, the politician and the statesman Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Karishma Sanu Sovvota also performed patriotic songs during the event.
As the discussion evolved, the moderator asked the artist of ‘Mujib’, Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy on his sketching journey and his feelings about the feedback of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Artist Tanmoy made a number candid remarks on the editorial acumen of HPM Sheikh Hasina.
In his concluding remarks, Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal said that it is nearly impossible to know the entirety of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through one single source. “With time, we are getting a closer look at his life. Now, we are gifted with three books penned by him. Stories that had remained undiscovered for so long, have now been revealed to us. At the same time, we got to know the writer in him,” he said.
The virtual unveiling event was livestreamed on the social media outlets of CRI, Young Bangla and print and electronic media. The 8th episodes along with the previous ones are available at the bookstores across the country.
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