Today is the 11th death anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman, one of the most celebrated poets of contemporary Bangla literature.
Marking the day, Rahman’s friends, family members and well wishers will visit Rahman’s grave at Banani graveyard in the capital, while Shamsur Rahman Trust, an organisation formed by the late poet’s family members, will observe the day through a programme at his ancestral home at Pahartoli near Raipura thana of Narsingdi district.
Rahman authored a total of 60 collections of poems, besides novels and essays. Liberal humanism, human relations, youth, patriotism and opposition to religious fundamentalism are some of the recurrent themes that Rahman expressed in his poems.
Shamsur Rahman was born at his grandfather’s house in Mahuttuli, Dhaka on October 23, 1929.
He started writing poetry at the age of 18. Rahman’s first collection of poems, Prothom Gaan Dwityo Mrittyur Agey, was published in 1960.
From the 1960s, Rahman appeared as a leading poet in Bangla poetry with his many popular poems like Asad-er Shirt, Swadhinata Tumi and Tomake Pawar Jonno Hey Swadhinata.
Shamsur Rahman also served as the editor of defunct national daily Dainik Bangla and weekly Bichitra in the 1980s.
Shamsur Rahman died of heart and kidney failure at the age of 77, on August 17, 2006.
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