Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy observed the International Mother Language Day through a two-day cultural fest which ended on February 21. This day's programme started at 3pm to make way for the elaborate event. The venue was the Central Shahid Minar of University of Dhaka. Twelve embassies and foreign missions contributed with performers to mark the Language Martyrs' Day as much universally inclusive as possible. Bhutan's Miz Karma and the troupe of nine set the tune for the programme at the beginning.
Their dance and singing performance lasting five minutes approximately was followed by solo song by Swedish Ambassador Johan Frisell.
Then China's Wange Qinglin recited poetries and child artistes of Indonesia presented the traditional Angklung dance reviving the ethos of diverse languages. Poetries were presented in three more different languages by Iran's Dr. Farhad Doroud Garian, Italy's Mario Palma and South Korea's MiSeol Park while Spain's AmparoPorta also chipped in. Dhaka Sangskritik Dal contributed towards the end presenting songs of twenty-five countries. International Turkish Hope School, Aneek Bose, Spandan, Department of Music of University of Dhaka were other performers of the final day.
Songs of Indigenous people were also presented by Garo, Marma and Chakma singers.