The 85th birth anniversary of late cultural activist and journalist Waheedul Haque will be celebrated today by several cultural organisations founded by him.
Leading cultural organisation Chhayanaut will organise an open air programme this evening at Rabindra Sarobar in Dhanmondi while Kanthashilon’s two-day Waheedul Haque Memorial Festival will begin this morning at the Central Public Libraryin Shahbagh.
Waheedul Haque, whose lifelong activism involved social, political and cultural causes, was born on March 16, 1933 in Keraniganj, Dhaka.
His professional career began as a journalist at the now-defunct The Daily Morning News. Later, he worked with a number of dailies and periodicals including the People, The Weekly Web, The Daily New Nation and The Daily Star. He wrote articles for The Daily Janakantha and The Dainik Bhorer Kagoj.
In 1961, on the occasion of the birth centenary of Rabindranath Tagore, Waheedul mobilised public support against the anti-Tagore hate campaigns of Ayub regime and formed Chhayanaut with like-minded people.
In 1980, he established Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan Parishad to promote practice of Tagore’s songs. He also established a recitation organisation, Kanthashilan, to promote standard pronunciation.
He played an important role in the 1971 liberation war by forming the Swadhin Bangla Shilpi Sangstha.
For his remarkable contributions, Waheedul Haque received Ekushey Padak in 2008 and Independence Day Award in 2010.
He died on January 27, 2007.
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