Both Sazzad Quadir and Shantanu Kaisar dedicated themselves to writing and protested at the anomalies in the society through their literary works, said speakers at a commemorative programme at Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall of Bangla Academy on Sunday.
Bangla Academy is holding three-day commemorative programmes to pay tribute to recently demised eminent individuals. The academy held Sazzad Quadir-Shantanu Kaisar discussion session on the opening day of the event.
Sazzad Quadir passed away at the age of 70 on April 6, 2017 and Shantanu Kaisar died at the age of 67 on April 11, 2017.
Director general of the academy Shamsuzzaman Khan delivered the welcome speech at the programme which was also attended by noted poets Faruk Mahmud and Makid Haider. Among others, singer Indramohan Rajbanshi, eminent artist Hashem Khan and noted photographer MA Taher were present on the occasion. Professor emeritus Serajul Islam Chowdhury presided over the session.
‘Shantanu Kaisar enriched the Bangla literary arena with his unique writings and Sazzad Quadir was a man of many talents. Quadir was a poet, story writer and journalist at the same time,’ said Shamsuzzaman Khan.
Sazzad Qadir, born at Mirer Betka village in Tangail on April 14 in 1947, became prominent as a poet, journalist and researcher of Bengali literature in the 1960s.
He has written many poems as well as stories, novels, plays and essays. In his lifetime, he has edited more than 60 different books including research, children’s literature, collections and translations.
Born in Faridpur upazila of Chandpur district on December 30 in 1954, Shantanu Kaiser acquired his MA degree from Dept. of English in Dhaka University. He taught at several colleges and published 45 books.
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