The years Kazi Nazrul Islam spent serving in the British-Indian Army during World War 1 enriched the poet by shaping his thoughts and creativity, said speakers at a programme held at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Friday.
Nazrul Institute organsed the programme titled ‘Nazrul-er Soinik Jiboner Satobarsho’, marking poet’s 118th birth anniversary, in which speakers spoke on Kazi Nazrul Islam and how after experiencing the war as a soldier Nazrul became a humanist and took up pen to write against oppression, social injustice and others.
Nazrul researcher professor Dr Rafiqul Islam, professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury and assistant professor of Bangla Department of Kazi Nazrul University in Asansol, India Dr Monalisa Das, among others, spoke at the programme.
Rafiqul Islam said as Nazrul joined the army during World War 1 in 1917 so the year 2017 marks hundred years of Nazrul’s life as a soldier.
In his speech, Serajul Islam Choudhury said the atrocities of war planted the seeds of humanity in Nazrul. He developed sympathy for the oppressed and felt hatred towards the oppressors.
Kazi Nazrul Islam’s knowledge of music was greatly enriched when he joined the army orchestra in the British Indian Army. He learnt a lot about staff notation, raga and other aspects of music during his years of service. After the war Nazrul used the knowledge which he had gathered while serving in the army to create some of his evergreen songs.
Nazrul singers and artistes entertained the audience at the programme by presenting popular songs and poems penned by Nazrul.
Students of SFX Greenherald International School commenced the cultural show by singing the English version of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s timeless song Dao Shorjo Dao Dhorjo, which the audience greatly enjoyed.
Popular Nazrul Sangeet singer Dalia Nausheen sang Srijan-Chhande Anande Nacho Natraj at the show.
Nazrul singer Moidul Islam presented the song Aji Gane Gane Dhakbo to the delight of the audience.
Child artistes of Nazrul Institute in chorus sang Nazrul’s popular song Mora Ek-e Brinte, while adolescent artistes of the institute presented the song Chol Chol Chol, the national marching song of Bangladesh at the show.
Recitation artiste Laila Afroz recited Kazi Nazrul Islam’s poem Agropathik on the occasion.
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