Talk on Art, Cultural Heritage and Law
To celebrate law as a part of the culture, a talk on 'Art, Cultural Heritage and Law' was held on the 7th of October at the Lecture Theater of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. It was based on 'Legal Stories of Life', a distinctively captivating book authored by Barrister Omar H. Khan and published by Legal Counsel.
Earlier on the 27th of June this year, the book was grandiosely launched at the Westin Dhaka in the presence of some of the most iconic faces in the legal arena. The objective behind the publication of this book is to raise the legal awareness level of the people.
The event was chaired by Professor Nisar Hossain, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. Professor Dr Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka graced the event as the chief guest. Dean of the Faculty of Law, Dr Rahmat Ullah was present as the special guest of the event. Renowned painters including Professor Rokeya Sultana, Professor Jamal Uddin Ahmed, Md. Muniruzzaman and Professor Rafiqun Nabi were some of the important guests of the event.
The host of the event, Barrister Miti Sanjana shortly described the contents of the book stating that it has 130 legal remedies in the form of stories. She added that the book contained paintings from 7 reputed painters. Furthermore, 9 photographs from amateur photographers were also included in the book.
Professor Nisar delivered the welcome address stating that the connection between art and life makes the subject matters of law succulent. He talked about the acts enacted by the parliament covering copyright, royalty and mentioned that engagement with the artists is important in this regard.
Professor Rahmat discussed the interrelation among law, art and society. He mentioned that Protidiner Ain (Street Law), an awareness program on human rights and other legal issues concerning daily life, trains schoolgoing students using modalities like art and dramatics. He added that the book had answered specific questions on national and international laws and pressing legal matters such as transfer of property, marriage, divorce, maintenance and the solution to the conflict between the laws of two states are dealt by the book. He mentioned that the idea of publishing such a book is innovative which was never seen before. He expected that the book would be translated into Bangla in a short time in order to make it easy to understand for the common people. As of now, the book is available in English.
Subsequently, Barrister Omar shed light on the idea of art, cultural heritage and law. He said, "The main purpose of the book is to introduce the people with the laws of the state and getting rid of the existing preconceptions about law prevailing in their minds." He described the book as probably the most unique one, the first of its kind in this context. He further stated that they are trying to translate the book as early as possible and they are in the process of distributing 2 books each to 5000 institutions free of cost.
The Vice-Chancellor discussed the genesis of the book. He reminded that the book is a compilation of legal counsels provided by the author in leading newspapers over the span of a decade. He stated that acculturalization of law was intended by the author of the book. He added that in order to accomplish the SDGs by 2030, elimination of inequality is to be established by ensuring compliance with the laws of the state.
The event ended with stories of personal experiences from Md. Muniruzzaman and Professor Rafiqun Nabi.
Event covered by Azhar Mahmud, contributor to the Law & Justice Desk