Bangla Academy celebrated 90th birth anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman on Wednesday.
Rafique Ullah Khan, the vice chancellor of Sheikh Hasina University, spoke on life and works of Shamsur Rahman at the seminar room of the academy named after the celebrated poet.
‘Rahman’s work portrays the evolution of our society,’ said Rafique.
‘Poem was something far away from society until Rahman appeared in the literary scene and wrote poems celebrating people’s desire for freedom,’ he added.
Like the other great poets, Shamsur Rahman was moved by the struggles of people and portrayed what he saw around him in his poems.
The acting director general of the academy Mohammad Anwar Hossain delivered the welcome speech at the programme presided over by poet Asad Chowdhury.
‘While reading Shamsur Rahman, it occurs to the mind of reader that the poet was fond of everything that was rebellious and promised to improve the life of people’, said Asad Chowdhury.
It was Shamsur Rahman, he added, who showed it to people that experience of everyday life could become the subject of a work of art.
‘His works make people feel a step closer to art’, said Asad Chowdhury.
Born on October 23, 1929, Rahman emerged as a leading poet in 1960s. His poems like Asad-er Shirt, Swadhinata Tumi and Tomake Pawar Jonno Hey Swadhinata and others got huge popularity among the masses.
The poet authored a total of 60 collections of poems, along with many novels and essays. He 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 also served as the editor of defunct national daily Dainik Bangla and weekly Bichitra in the 1980s.
The poet died on August 17, 2006.
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