The Bhasha Smritistambha (Bengali: ভাষা স্মৃতিস্তম্ভ, Language Monument), located at Deshapriya Park in Calcutta, is a memorial dedicated to the Bengali language authors and the martyrs of language movements of Dacca and Silchar.
The monument was inaugurated by Mamata Banerjee, the then Railway Minister of India, on February 20, 2011. Amala Shankar, Dwijen Mukherjee, singer Arati Mukherjee, Indrani Sen, Anup Ghoshal, Saikat Mitra, Nirmala Mishra and writer Sirshendu Mukherjee were present at the inauguration ceremony.
Bhasha Smritistambha is the second Bengali language Martyr's memorial in Calcutta after the "Bhasha Shahid Smarak," commissioned at Surendranath Park, Esplanade in 1998.
[By the way I have been experiencing a lot of problems with the hot-linking of images on this forum lately.]
It's Zurab Tsereteli's "Monument To The Georgian Alphabet", and for about eight years I lived in the apartment building opposite this hideous thing, in Moscow.
Mr Tsereteli fled his native land of Georgia. finding the commission fees for his work there too low for his tastes. Mysteriously the sometime Mayor of Moscow, Mr Luzhkov, developed a taste for Tsereteli's twaddle, and erected it all over Moscow at great cost to the public purse.
I am pleased to say that I now have Lefortovsky Park outside my window, instead of Mr Tsereteli's construction