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The minister said, upholding culture is very important. Celebrating the Sakrain tradition amid coronavirus is inspiring for our youths. These initiatives will help us overcome crisis, he said.

The minister called for upholding our Bengali culture and tradition. “The clutch of 'sky culture' threatens our own culture. In the past, we used to play Bangladeshi songs at the various wedding events like 'holud'. The young boys and girls would wear local costumes on these occasions.”

“Nowadays things are changing and this is a pity. Bangla songs are being replaced by Hindi songs, even English songs. Various events emulate the Hindi serial sets. These issues have hit on our culture hard. We must hold on to our own culture and traditions,” he added.

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Presided over by president of the forum Shamim Siddiqui, secretary general of the forum Akter Hossain moderated the programme.

Former advisor for information affairs to the prime minister and Daily Observer editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Awami League office secretary Biplab Barua, former lawmaker Sabina Akter, president of Awami League’s Dhaka district unit Benzir Ahmed, president of Awami League’s Dhaka city south unit Abu Ahammad, former president of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Jagannath unity Sariful Islam, Sakil Ahmed and vice-president of the forum Labonnoy Bhuiyan, among others, were present.

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