Wahed is the Principal of Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, BIPA. Before
she came to the USA in 1993, she was a journalist in Bangladesh. She had been
journalist there for about twenty two years. She has been working at BIPA for
nearly sixteen years. In this exclusive
interview with VOA Bangla Service she talks about this cultural organization to
which she is entirely committed and comments on the recent BDR tragedy in
says that along with other cultural organizations in New York , BIPA too is
encouraging the new generation to understand their roots through Bengali
cultural activities .
She says that on the hand a group of working Bengalis are
very busy earning their breads and really they don’t have enough time to devote
themselves to cultural activities , on the other, there are a lot of educated
and well to do Bengalis too who arrived long time ago but have not been able to
adjust themselves with the new
situation. But she says that it has been encouraging to note that
Bengladeshis in New York have begun to realize that their children should try
and reach the roots.
says that the tragic killings within the premises of BDR Headquarters in Dhaka
have terribly shocked everyone. But she urges all concerned to be united as a
nation instead of blaming one another.