BRAC, the world’s number one development organisation, will reach its 50th birthday in March this year. To celebrate the anniversary the organisation has organised a contest styled “I am BRAC – Apon Tara” to find out and inspire the cultural talents hidden in its thousands of employees across the country.
Open to all of its over 67 thousand members of staff, the competition had its final round organised today on Tuesday (15 February) at the BRAC Centre auditorium at Mohakhali in the capital. A star-studded panel with famed singers Bappa Mazumder and Miftah Zaman and celebrated actor Azmeri Haque Badhon judged the winners of the final round at the gala finale, who also opened the competition on 21 November last year.
The winners of the contest held in three categories – music, poetry recital and acting – are: … in music the first prize goes to Akhi Palit (SELP programme), second prize to Md Razibul Hasan (Finance and Accounts) and third prize to Opu Chandra Gope (Aarong). In the poetry recital and acting categories only one prize has been given for each. Munmun Khan (GJ&D programme) was the winner in poetry recital and Mohammad Ashibuzzaman won in the acting category. All the winners were handed over crests.
Tamara Hasan Abed, managing director of BRAC, said on organising the contest, “BRAC was born about the same time Bangladesh was born as a sovereign nation. As part of our celebration of our golden jubilee we had initiated this contest to find the hidden talents of our organisation. We are truly grateful for the spontaneous support we have received from the contestants and judges, from each and everybody while organising this event.”
Singer Bappa Mazumder said, “BRAC and I are of the same age. I am honoured to have this opportunity to be present in this golden jubilee celebration. I request BRAC to take initiative for the publicity of these talents we have discovered through this contest across the country.”
Actor Azmeri Haque Badhon said, “I have been deeply touched by all these great arrangements and your performances today. I believe all organisations should take such initiatives for their staff.”
Designed in three episodes namely primary, divisional and final, the primary round was held through online submission. Participants submitted a total of 1,383 video clips of their performances which were judged by a 32-strong panel to select 160 participants for the divisional level.
The divisional episode was held in person in six districts – Dhaka, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Jessore, Moulvibazar and Chittagong. A 3-member expert panel for each category judged the performances to select 20 participants in each to move to the final round.
The 3-month long competition spread the vive of the golden jubilee celebration across the BRAC offices around the country. Contestants sent video clips of spirited song performances accompanied by harmonium and tabla right on the office premises. Some contestants recorded their routines at home aided by their family members. Some again recorded their full throated solo recitals on a riverbank or an open ground. Some highly enthusiastic contestants even arranged sets or a stage to create the proper ambience to act out their chosen monologues.