An audio album featuring letters written by national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam to his peers, friends and family members will be launched at Nazrul Institute on May 27 marking the poet’s 119th birth anniversary, which will be celebrated on May 25.
The album titled ‘Iti Nazrul’ will feature 57 letters- written by Kazi Nazrul Islam to Rabindranath Tagore, Jasimuddin, Quazi Motahar Hossain, principal Ibrahim Khan, Nargis and others-read by forty-one local and Indian artistes.
Local Nazrul artistes like Nashid Kamal, Nasima Khan Bokul, Bulbul Mohalanbish and Kolkata-based artistes like Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta, Debashis Bose, Alokananda Roy, Madhumita Bose and Nazrul’s daughter-in-law Kalyani Kazi and others have read the letters in the five-hour album, which has been planned and directed by Kolkata-based Nazrul singer Somerita Mallik and produced jointly by Kolkata-based cultural organisation Chhayanaut and production house Quest World. The album will be launched in Kolkata on June 1.
Nazrul Institute will produce CDs in Bangladesh
and it will own copyright of the CDs.
‘It is indeed a great news that an album featuring Kazi Nazrul Islam’s letters, many of which are already popular among Nazrul enthusiasts, will be launched’, said Nashid Kamal, adding that this is the first time that an album featuring letters of Kazi Nazrul Islam will be launched.
Praising the initiative, Nazrul Institute trustee board chairman professor emeritus Rafiqul Islam said, ‘I thank Somerita Mallik for taking the initiative. The album will promote letters of Kazi Nazrul Islam among Nazrul enthusiasts and others’.
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