The 90th anniversary of birth of late eminent poet Shamsur Rahman will be celebrated today.
Shamsur Rahman is known for his poems dealing with themes like liberal humanism, human relations, youth, patriotism and opposition to religious fundamentalism.
Different organisations have chalked out commemorative programmes marking the day.
Bangla Academy will hold a discussion programme at its Kabi Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall at 3pm.
Jatiya Kabita Parishad and Kabi Shamsur Rahman Smriti Parishad will jointly organise a commemorative programme on Shamsur Rahman on TSC premises on Friday.
Shamsur Rahman was born at his grandfather’s house in Mahuttuli, Dhaka on October 23, 1929. His father’s name was Mokhlesur Rahman Choudhury and his mother’s name was Amena Khatun.
He was admitted to class two of Pogos School in Dhaka. He passed his matriculation in 1945 and passed his intermediate from Dhaka College in 1947. He started writing poetry at the age of 18. His first poem Unishsha Unapanchash was published in 1943.
Shamsur Rahman took admission to the English department of Dhaka University. While a university student, five of his poems were published in Natun Kabita (1950), an anthology of poems of thirteen young poets.
Although he completed the three-year course he did not appear in the final exam. In 1953 he obtained BA (pass course) degree. After a lapse of some years he got admitted to MA in English but did not obtain MA degree.
Rahman’s first collection of poems titled, ‘Prothom Gaan Dwityo Mrittyur Agey’, was published in 1960.
From the 1960s, Rahman appeared as a leading poet in Bangla poetry with his many popular poems like Asad-er Shirt, Swadhinata Tumi and Tomake Pawar Jonno Hey Swadhinata. He also served as the editor of defunct national daily Dainik Bangla and weekly Bichitra in the 1980s.
The great poet authored a total of 60 collections of poems, along with many novels and essays.
Shamsur Rahman has received numerous awards for his contribution to Bangla literature, including, Ekushey Padak (1977), Independence Day Award (1991), Bangla Academy Literary Award (1969), Mitshubishi Award of Japan (1992), Ananda Puroshker from India (1994), TLM South Asian Literature Award for the Masters (2006) and others.
He died of heart and kidney failure at the age of 77, on August 17, 2006 in Dhaka.
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