Over 300 local and foreign poets are set to participate at the 32nd National Poetry Festival, which will commence from February 1 on the premises of Central Library of Dhaka University.
The two-day festival, organised by Jatiya Kabita Parishad, will feature recitations of self-composed poems by participating poets and seminars on poetry, said poet Muhammad Samad, president of Jatiya Kabita Parishad, at a press conference held at Teachers-Students Centre of Dhaka University on Tuesday.
Jatiya kabita Parishad general secretary poet Tariq Sujat and the festival’s conveners Asad Mannan, Aslam Sunny and Aminur Rahman Sultan, among others, were present on the occasion.
‘This year about 300 local and foreign poets will participate at the national poetry festival. The participating poets will recite their self-composed poems and take part in seminars at the festival’, said Muhammad Samad.
Local poets can register themselves for the festival by submitting their poems to the organisers at TSC from 4:00pm to 8:00pm every day.
‘We have approached many foreign poets regarding the festival. So far, around twenty poets from nine countries have agreed to participate in the upcoming festival’, informed Tariq Sujat.
Arne Johnsson, Kristian Carlsson and Viveka Sjogren from Sweden, Agnes Meadows from United Kingdom, Joyce Ashuntantang from Cameroon, Ibrahim Elmasri from Egypt, Yuri Zambrano from Mexico, Tendo Taijin from Japan, Miao-yi Tu from Taiwan, Mario Mathor from Columbia and a number of poets from India have agreed to attend the event.
Jatiya Kabita Parishad has been organising the national poetry festival since 1987. The slogan of this year’s festival is Deshhara Manusher Sangrame Kabita.
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