Peers, colleagues and family members paid homage to late eminent poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq at a commemorative programme held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.
The academy organised the programme to mark the poet’s first death anniversary, which was observed on Wednesday.
Finance minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit attended the programme as chief guest. Among others, barrister Amir-Ul-Islam, professor Rafiqul Islam, professor Hayat Mamud, professor Bishwajit Ghosh, thespian Ataur Rahman, noted poet Rabiul Hossain, widow of the poet Anowara Syed Haq and owner of Charulipi Publishers Humayun Kabir were also present on the occasion. Director general of the academy Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the discussions.
Speaking on the occasion Abul Mal Abdul Muhit said as long people continue to read Bangla literature the name of Syed Shamsur Haq will not fade away because he contributed greatly to Bangla literature with his writing. Muhit also recalled his memories of Syed Haq whom he knew since his university days at the programme.
‘I have directed 11 plays of Syed Haq for the stage including Syed Haq translated Hamlet. Syed Haq was always easy going with the directors and never interfered in anyway. I always enjoyed working with him,’ said thespian Ataur Rahman.
Farheen Khan Joyita entertained the audience singing two songs Sarthok Janam Amar and Amar Raat Pohalo at the event.
Two books namely Phul-er Gondher Moto Theke Jabo published from Charulipi Publishers and a collection of Syed Haq’s songs Tumi Ashbe Bole published from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy were launched on the occasion.
‘Syed Haq and his works occupy an important position in Bangla literature. We hope to build a cultural centre at his home district in Kurigram,’ said Lucky.
Bishwajit Ghosh said Syed Haq was the greatest author of his time and his works will continue to inspire young writers for generations.
‘I consider Syed Haq as my teacher and I was greatly inspired by his works,’ said Hayat Mamud.
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