PV Desk : President Abdul Hamid on Thursday underscored the need for utilise the country’s arts and culture to build a knowledge-based society.
“Arts and culture are the mirrors of a country and a nation and that need to be used in building a knowledge-based society,” he said.
The President was addressing a function arranged by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at National Theatre Hall in the capital to distribute Shilpakala Padak 2016.
President Hamid said arts and culture play an important role in bringing discipline, nationalism, the spirit of patriotism and tradition of cultural harmony among youths.
About the role of artists, he said a successful cultural activist is like a mobile ambassador as he or she can present a country or a nation in global arena through his or her presence, talent and works.
Noting that arts and culture also play an important role in building a nation, the President said the role of cultural activists is also recognised for the outstanding achievement of Bangalee nation.
Recalling that the contributions of cultural activists to the 1952 Language Movement and Liberation War, he said they had always played a ‘brave role’ in any crisis moment of the nation in the past and that is why the nation is grateful to them.