Well-wishers and readers of Ahmed Rafique’s literature on Friday observed the 90th birthday anniversary of the language veteran amid festivity.
To celebrate the birth anniversary of Rafique, who was born on September 12, 1929, Ahmed Rafique’s 90th Birthday Observance Committee Friday hosted a programme at the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy in the capital.
Various cultural and political organisations presented flowers to the Marxist writer, who played significant roles not only in the historic Language Movement in 1952 but also in research on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
Thanking the audience, Rafique urged them to work together for transforming the society to a democratic, socialist and humane one, where no citizen would be deprived by any form.
Noted writer Selina Hossain shared her memory with Rafique and termed him as the lighthouse for the emerging writers.
Veteran journalist Kamal Lohani recalled that Tagore-researcher Rafique first found the Patishar Kuthibari in Naogaon as the memorabilia of Tagore.
National professor Rafiqul Islam said that Rafique’s influential and authentic literary works were not overlooked by concerned citizens.
Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan said Rafique was behind the publication of Nagarik magazine and authored Nana Aloy, which was great source of data on Tagore.
Chair of the event, professor Serajul Islam Chowdhury said Rafique’s name would be remembered in the county’s history for his bold presence in Bangla literature.
Seraj said that the Marxist writer brought forth his realistic view while narrating social characters in his writing.
A memoir title published by Kathaprakash publisher Jasim Uddin was launched during the programme.
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