On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh and the Concert for Bangladesh, a book titled 'The Country That Lived - Fifty Years of Freedom and the Concert for Bangladesh' was published.
This ‘Coffee Table Book’ with lovely wrapping and interesting pictures was created by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in collaboration with Apex Data Management and IT.
A copy of the book was handed over by Apex DMIT Chairman Mike Kazi and CEO Zara Jabin Mahbub to State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak at the ICT Tower in Agargaon on Monday. Sami Ahmed, Policy Advisor of LICT Project was present at the occasion.
‘Concert for Bangladesh’ was organized to provide financial assistance to the refugees of Bangladesh during the war of liberation. The concert was organized by Pandit Ravi Shankar on August 1, 1971, with George Harrison, the spokesman for The Beatles. Held at Madison Square Garden in New York, the crowded concert featured performances by world-renowned music stars such as Ringo Star, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Ustad Alla Rakha. It was here that Harrison performed his immortal song 'Bangladesh'. Through this, Setar's master Ravi Shankar presented the liberation war and struggle of Bangladesh to the world.
The Bengali nation still remembers and expresses its gratitude to the artists who organized the 'Concert for Bangladesh' and sincerely supported the freedom struggle of Bangladesh. All of these artists are mentioned in the newly published book.
One of the objectives of Digital Bangladesh is to ensure the empowerment of the common man by utilizing modern technology and building a career in the IT sector. Apex DMIT is constantly working to achieve this goal with positive results.
Concert for Bangladesh was mentioned by George Harrison as a means of giving moral support to Bangladesh. And that is why Apex DMIT is next to the Department of Information and Communication Technology in publishing this book as a memento.