We’ll set up mega cultural centre: Akbar Sobhan

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Abkar Sobhan said on Friday that he has a plan to set up a mega cultural centre with a capacity of 30,000 seats in Bashundhara for the sake of cultural progress in Bangladesh.

The business tycoon expressed his eagerness while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Diwali Concert in Bashundhara residential area of the capital in the evening.

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka in association with Bashundhara Group and Bengal Group arranged the concert to mark the Diwali in Bangladesh.

He said:

India is the greatest friend of Bangladesh. I’m really proud of joining such a gracious programme on my own land and glad to see the gathering.

The Bashundhara Group chairman asked for cooperation from the ministries concerned and the Indian High Commission in this regard.

Speaking on the occasion, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla said Diwali represents triumph of good over evils and lights over darkness.

He said it is the festival of lights celebrated by the Indian communities around the world.

It’s been a tradition to celebrate Diwali in Dhaka by the Indian communities and the Indian High Commission for last few years.

“As we would like to involve our Bangladeshi friends in the celebrations, we arrange the Diwali here every year,” he added.

The Indian high commissioner thanked Bashundhara Group and Bengal Group for their cooperation in arranging the concert.

Shringla also announced that Bangladeshi singer Mehreen and Indian singers Shankar, Ehsan, and Loy will launch a music album in the upcoming Pahela Boishakh and that would be an India-Bangladesh joint venture.

In his speech, Bengal Group Chairman Abul Khair Litu said this concert has been arranged to create communal harmony in society.

In the concert, Indian musical trio Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa performed to delight the audience.

The award-winning Mahadevan, Noorani and Mendonsa rendered their chart-topping hits at the event.