National poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s 42nd anniversary of death was observed by different cultural organisations on Monday at different venues.
The programmes included placing of flower wreaths at the poet’s grave on Dhaka University mosque premises in the morning and cultural programmes organised by Nazrul Institute and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the evening.
Besides the poet’s family members and fans, representatives of Nazrul Institute, Nazrul Academy, Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka University, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and others placed flower wreaths at the poet’s grave.
Nazrul Institute’s commemorative held at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum featured launching of Nazrul’s complete works in 17 volumes and handing over of Nazrul Purushakar 2017 to eminent Nazrul singer Khairul Anam Shakil and Nazrul researcher Professor Rashidun Nabi for their contributions to Nazrul Sangeet and Nazrul research respectively.
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu handed over the awards in presence of Nazrul Institute trustee board chairman Rafiqul Islam, Kazi Nazrul Islam’s granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi, cultural affairs secretary M Nasiruddin Ahmed, Nazrul Institute executive director Abdur Razzak Bhuiyan and Jatiya Kabita Parishad president Muhammad Samad.
They discussed on Nazrul’s life and works.
Following the discussion, artistes presented popular Nazrul songs. The show began with a chorus rendition of Nazrul’s patriotic song Eki aparup rupe ma tomay.
Leena Taposhi Khan in solo entertained the audience presenting Nazrul’s romantic song Keno asile bhalobasile.
Chhonda Chakrabarty rendered another song Kotha kou kou kotha, while Snigdha Baul read excerpts from Nazrul’s letters.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised a commemorative programme at its Music and Dance Centre which was attended by poet Asad Chowdhury as the main discussant.
He spoke on Nazrul’s contributions to Bangla literature and his relevance to contemporary time.
Following the discussion, artistes presented Nazrul songs and dance recitals synchronised with songs.
Child artistes of Bangladesh Shishu Academy commenced the cultural show with rendition of two popular Nazrul songs Shukno patar nupur paye and Rumjhum rumjhum.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Repertory presented a colourful dance recital synchronised with Nazrul’s raga-based song Payel bole rimijhim and another song glorying the monsoon Rimi rimjhim namilo deya.
The show also featured solo rendition of songs by Gargi Ghosh and Sumaiya Binte Alam.
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