Recently demised poet Belal Chowdhury was recalled by his friends, fellow-poets and family members at a commemorative programme held at Nalinikanta Bhattasali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum on Thursday.
Jatiya Kobita Parishad organised the programme to pay tribute to the Ekushey Padak winning poet who died on April 24 aged 79.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, professor emeritus Anisuzzaman, International Theatre Institute honourary president Ramendu Majumdar, Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan, poets Asad Mannan, Habibullah Sirajee, Kamal Chowdhury, Mohammad Nurul Huda, Shihab Sarkar and others were present at the programme, which featured discussion, songs and recitation.
Jatiya Kobita Parishad president poet Muhammad Samad presided over the event.
The discussants said Belal Chowdhury was a remarkable poet who made immense contributions to Bangla literature and inspired many young poets.
‘Belal bhai was friendly to everyone. His words have inspired many young poets, writers and cultural activists. He ignited our passion for culture and literature’, said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘Belal Chowdhury was very well-acquainted with Latin American and western literature. A very extrovert and friendly man, Belal Chowdhury was always there to help his friends and peers’, said professor emeritus Anisuzzaman.
Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan said, ‘From Bangla Acdemy we will publish Belal Chowdhury’s works and a biography of the poet’.
Tagore singer Iffat Ara Dewan presented Tagore’s devotional song Aguner poroshmoni chhowao praney and love song Money ki dwidha rekhe gele at the programme.
Recitation artiste Bhaswar Bandopadhyay recited Belal Chowdhury’s patriotic poem Marme Marme Swadhinata.
Born in 1938, Belal Chowdhury emerged as a poet in the 1960s. Chowdhury was also a prolific writer in other genres like fiction, essays, and translations. He has over fifty books to his credit.
Among his fan-favourite collections of poems are Nishad Pradeshe, Atmapratikriti, Sthirjiban O Nisarga, Swapnabandi, Selai Kara Chhaya, Kabitar Kamalbone, Jabajjiban Sashram Ullase and Batrish Nambar.
Among his collections of literary essays are Jibaner Ashcharya Phalgun, Niruddesh Haway Haway, Nabarage Naba Anande, Muhurtabhashya and others.
Chowdhury has translated poems by famous poets like Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, Dylan Thomas, Jorge Luis Borges and others.
He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2014 for his contributions to literature. Earlier, he received Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1984.
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