Poet Mohammad Rafiq was felicitated by his fans at a publication ceremony of a magazine on the poet at his Uttara residence on Friday.
A Bagerhat-based socio-cultural organisation Greater Unity for Reality organised the programme marking 75th birth anniversary of the poet.
The event featured launching of a special edition of the biannual magazine Bhumi, recitation of Rafiq’s poems and presentation of music.
Mohammad Rafiq cut a cake celebrating his birthday.
‘We have dedicated the current edition of the Bhumi to Mohammad Rafiq to present him as a poet to the contemporary readers’, said founder of Greater Unity for Reality Mushfiqur Rahman. GUR publishes the Bhumi.
The poet, writer and teacher, Mohammad Rafiq was born to Shamsuddin Ahmed and Reshatun Nahar at Chitli village under Bemorta Union in Bagerhat on October 23, 1943.
The Bhumi’s especial edition on Mohammad Rafiq features his selected poems, stories and articles evaluating Rafiq’s works and his dedication for developing a signature style for his poems that would aptly depict the rural life which makes up most of Bangladesh, its nature, its pathos, its joys and overall its struggle against all odds is what poet has striven for all his life.
It includes Indian critic Arun Sen’s evaluation on the poet styled ‘Banglay, Megh Ebong Kaday, Mohamad Rafiq’ analysing the beauty of his poetry, which draws profusely on the tradition, heritages, myths, nature and history of the land and its people.
Mohammad Enayet Hossain’s article, Kapila Ebong Kichhu Prashongik Katha, analyses characters created by Rafiq in his poems like Kapila those represent the struggles of the ordinary people for survival. A similar article titled ‘Ujaney Nayer Majhi Bhatite Ba’, by Imtiar Shamim, focuses on the influence of the rivers on the poet.
Jahangirnagar University’s economics professor Anu Muhammad has evaluated Mohammad Rafiq as a creative man and colleague recollecting from his memory lane in his essay titled ‘Byaktigata’.
Mohammad Rafiq was a teacher of English department at the university.
The magazine also includes a photo feature on Mohammad Rafiq’s boyhood in Bagerhat, cover jackets of his collections of poems and stories, and several other articles on the poet.
As a poet Mohammad Rafiq won several awards including the Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Padak, Gemcon Literary Award and Prothom Alo Sahitya Puraskar.
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