Poet Kaykobad remembered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:51, Jul 31,2018


Artistes of Nawabganj Upazila Shilpakala Academy perform on Monday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

Poet Kaykobad was recalled through a commemoration programme marking his death anniversary on Monday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.  

Artistes of Nawabganj Upazila Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka paid tribute to the poet, who was born at Nwabganj in 1857, through presenting of songs, recitations and dance recitals.

The cultural show began with recitation of Kaykobad’s poem Prarthona. Following were presentation of chorus dance recitals and chorus rendition of popular songs.

The troupe members rendered Dwijendralal Roy’s patriotic song Dhanadhanye pushpabhora, Tagore’s nature song Mon mor megher sangi in chorus, while singer Paul Pintu Gomes entertained the audience covering Bhupen Hazarika’s popular song Megh tham tham kore.

Colourful group dance recitals synchronised with songs like Phule phule dhole dhole, O mui na shunum, Muktiro mandiro sopano toley and others delighted the audience.

Besides, noted singers and dancers like Anima Mukti Gomes, Yasmin Ali, Sohanur Rahman, Warda Rihab, Ratchel Priyanka Perris and others performed at the programme.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy acrobatic team delighted the audience displaying different acrobatic recitals like ring dance, camp dance, balancing and others.

Earlier, Dhaka University Bangla professor Fatema Kawsar discussed on poet Kaykobad and his contributions to Bangla literature.

Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdaus Khan was present at the discussion session presided over by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.

In her speech Fatema Kawsar highlighted Kaykobad’s, originally Kazem Ali Quereshi, secular and humanitarian outlook present in his literary works.

‘Kaykobad was the first major Muslim poet in modern Bangla literature. Highly conscious of history and culture, Kaykobad’s writings advocate communal harmony, love and humanity’, said Fatema Kawsar.

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