Friends and peers of recently demised poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq paid tribute to him and assessed his contributions to different fields of arts and literature at a commemorative show at Bangla Academy on Friday.
The academy and Bangladesh Gyan O Srijanshil Prokashok Samity, a platform for local book publishers, jointly organised the show. It was presided over by Dhaka University’s emeritus professor Anisuzzaman.
Also on hand were Syed Shamsul Haq’s widow Syed Anwara Haq and son Dwitiya Syed Haq, emeritus professor Serajul Islam Choudury, thespians Ramendu Majumdar and Ataur Rahman, professor Bishwajit Ghosh, lyricist Muhammad Rafiquzzaman, actress Sarah Begum Kabori, poet Sajjad Sharif, and publishers Majharul Islam and Osman Goni.
Bangla Academy also launched a commemorative book titled ‘Poraner Gohin Bhitore’ – a reference to Haq’s collection of poems of the same title – containing essays and poems on Haq as well as several of his own writings.
‘Syed Shamsul Haq has left behind a huge corpus of writings that we can delight and enlighten ourselves reading,’ said Ramedu Majumdar, honorary president of International Theatre Institute.
‘Most writers and poets end up repeating themselves at one stage of their career. Haq was quite an exception. Throughout his career, he explored new ways and styles, effectively averting the risks of being trite and hackneyed,’ said Muhammad Rafiquzzaman.
Syed Shamsul Haq, who died on September 27, wrote profusely and contributed to almost all branches of Bangla literature.
‘Even from his sickbed he worked tirelessly and wrote over a hundred poems and one play, translated Shakespeare’s Hamlet and others,’ said Ataur Rahman, who also recalled his associations with Haq.
‘In the 1950s, a number of poets and writers took their pens to form a distinctive style whose legacy is still prominent in our literature. Syed Shamsul Haq was one of them,’ said Anisuzzaman.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Gyan O Srijanshil Prokashok Samity president Osman Goni urged Bangla Academy to publish a collection of Syed Shamsul Haq’s works.
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