Jasimuddin’s poetry can be the best introduction to the natural beauty and the traditional culture of the people of Bangladesh for today’s children, said speakers at the launching ceremony of the poet’s anthology held on Monday at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.
A refined poet Jasimuddin narrated the traditional culture and life of rural Bangladesh authentically in his evergreen poems, which need to be read more by the urban children to know more about the country and its people, they said.
The launching ceremony of Jasimuddin’s anthology titled ‘Kabita Samagro: Jasimuddin’, in two volumes, published by Kolkata-based publishing house Dey’s Publishing, was organised by the museum.
Social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon was present at the programme as the chief guest. Professor Salimullah Khan, editor of the anthology Pulak Chanda, Jasimuddin’s sons Jamal Anwar and Firoz Anwar, Jasimuddin’s son-in-law and energy adviser to the prime minister Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Bangladesh National Museum director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury, photographer Nasir Ali Mamun were present at the programme, which was presided over by Chhayanaut president Sanjida Khatun.
‘In our childhood, we felt captivated while reading Jasimuddin’s poems, which depict essence of the rural Bangladesh with bold narratives. I think today’s urban children must read Jasimuddin to know Bangladesh’, said Rashed Khan Menon.
Salimullah Khan praised the initiative of publishing the anthology from India and also said, ‘Jasimuddin is not only an excellent poet, he was also a sharp observer of the world and society around him. He wrote those in his brilliant essays’.
Sanjida Khatun said, ‘It is very upsetting to label him just as a pallikabi, which apprehends that he is a grade below than a poet. Jasimuddin had profound knowledge on both the local literature and the global literature. His choice to write using traditional symbols, metaphors and narratives was his conscious choice’.
Following the discussion, guests and discussants unveiled the cover of the anthology containing 20 collections by Jasimuddin like Rakhali, Nakshi Kanthar Math, Baluchar, Dhankhet, Sojan Badiyar Ghat, Rangila Nayer Majhi, Hasu, Ek Poysar Banshi, Ma Je Janani Kande and others.
The book, priced Tk 1200, will be available at major book outlets in Bangladesh. Dey’s Publishing earlier published Jasimuddin’s selected poems and Jasimuddin’s memoirs.
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