The famous collector of the medieval Bangla literature Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad was remembered on his 146th birth anniversary at a programme held at the Bangla Academy on Wednesday.
Organised by Bangla Academy, the memorial programme featured a solo lecture on Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad’s works by professor Morshed Shafiul Hasan. The programme was also attended by Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan and was presided over by professor Syed Akram Hossain.
In his lecture professor Morshed Shafiul Hasan highlighted Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad’s lifelong devotion towards collecting medieval Bangla literature written by the Muslims.
Thus Abdul Karim brought to light the contributions of Muslims in Bangla literature.
‘When it was thought that the Muslims made very little, or negligible contribution to Bangla literature, Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad, by collecting over 1,000 puthis written by Muslim writers, proved that Muslims had been making immense contribution to Bangla literature since the medieval period’, said Hasan, who also spoke about Abdil Karim Sahitya Bisharad’s humanitarian views.
Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad, collected and preserved folk literature, especially puthis and traditional oral tales on kings, gods and heroes. He collected more than 2,000 Puthis, among which more than 1,000 were written by Bengali Muslims. No other person or organisation had collected such an astounding number of puthis before, said professor Syed Akram Hossain.
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