Late eminent poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq’s first death anniversary will be observed by different cultural and literary organisations today.
The biggest commemorative programme will be held in Kurigram, the birth and final resting place of the poet. The Kurigram administration, Kurigram District Shilpakala Academy and Kurigram Citizens’ Forum will jointly hold the programme.
The programme will include placing of flower wreaths at Syed Shamsul Haq’s grave, discussion, special prayer and others.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy held a commemorative programme marking Haq’s death anniversary on Tuesday at the National Theatre Hall. The programme included launching of a book on Syed Shamsul Haq, discussion and cultural show.
Theatre troupe Prangonemor will hold a commemorative programme tomorrow at National Theatre Hall of Shilpakala Academy. The programme will feature screening of a special documentary on Syed Shamsul Haq and staging of Haq’s lyrical drama Irsha by the troupe.
Desh Opera will hold a recitation programme featuring Syed Shamsul Haq’s poems at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on September 29. Recitation troupe Baikuntha will hold a programme at National Art Gallery Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on September 30.
Born on December 27, 1935, Syed Shamsul Haq started writing at an early age. A versatile writer, from the very beginning, Haq wrote poems, stories, novels, plays, essays and songs. His first story titled ‘Udayasta’ was published in 1951 in the Fazle Lohani edited literary magazine Agatya.
He went to Mumbai, India in 1951 with the aim of becoming a film director. He returned to Dhaka when the Language Movement peaked in 1952.
He received the prestigious Bangla Academy Award at the age of 29 in 1964. He received Ekushey Padak in 1984 and Independence Day Award in 2000 for his contributions to Bangla literature.
In his kaleidoscopic writing career spanning over 60 years Syed Shamsul Haq wrote several books of poetry including Ekoda Ek Rajje, Baishakhey Rachita Panktimala, Biratihin Utsob, Protidhonigon, Apar Purush, Poraner Gohin Bhitor, Kabita Samagra (three volumes), Ek Ashcharja Sangamer Smriti and others.
He wrote around 40 novels including Stabdhatar Anubad, Baro Diner Jiban, Tumi Sei Tarobari, Simana Chhariye, Neel Dangshan, Nishiddho Loban, Koyekti Manusher Sonali Jouban, Nirbasita, Khelaram Khele Ja, Megh O Machine, Anya Ek Alingan and others.
He wrote many short stories, screenplays for local films and hundreds of playback songs including Hayre Manush Rangin Phanush, Tumi Ashbe Boley Kachhe Dakbe Boley and Chander Shathey Ami Dibona Tomar Tulana.
As a playwright Syed Shamsul Haq was an influential figure. He wrote verse plays like Payer Awaj Paoa Jay, Nuruldiner Sara Jiban, Ekhane Ekhon, Irsha, Narigon, Khatta Tamasha, Judhha Ebong Judhha, Banglar Mati Banglar Jal and others.
He also translated some western classics including Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Hamlet, The Tempest and Troilus and Cresida, and Ibsen’s Pyr Gynt.
Syed Shamsul Haq died on September 27, 2016 after suffering from lung cancer.
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