Martyred poet Meherunnesa was remembered through a programme on Sunday at the seminar room of Central Public Library in the capital marking the poet’s 80th birth anniversary.
The programme, organised by Swapnakala, featured screening of a documentary on Meherunnesa, discussion, photo show and handing over of certificates and awards to participants and winners of a recitation competition.
Professor Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque attended the programme as the chief guest, while poet Kazi Rosy, artiste of defunct Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra Manoronjan Ghoshal and Meherunnesa’s elder sister Momena Khatun, among others, attended the programme as special guests.
Riaz Mahmud Mithu’s 23-minute documentary titled ‘Meherunnesa’, which is the first ever documentary made on the poet, who was brutally killed on March 27, 1971 at her residence in Mirpur, was screened at the programme,
The documentary depicts life and works of Meherunnesa, whose family moved to the then East Pakistan from Kolkata in 1947.
Meherunnesa started writing poems from her early childhood days.
Most of her writings, written between the years 1954 and 1971, were published in the then weekly Begum.
Apart from writing poems Meherunnesa also took part in the mass uprising of 1969 as a member of the action committee formed in Mirpur.
When the flag of Bangladesh was hoisted in Mirpur on 23 March 1971 Meherunnesa also raised the flag at her residence.
‘Meherunnesa was the first
martyred intellectual of the country but we do not see any programmes organised marking the poet’s birth or death anniversaries.
Swapnakal will observe her birth anniversary regularly from now on’, said Riaz Mahmud Mithu, founding director of Swapnakala.
A number of photographs showing the martyred poet and her family members were also displayed at the venue.
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