Today is the 77th birth anniversary of late renowned poet and freedom fighter Rafiq Azad.
Bnagla Academy will organise a special commemoration programme marking the anniversary. At the main stage of the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair, a discussion on Rafiq Azad’s life and works and recitation of his poems will be held.
Rafiq Azad Smriti Parshad will also hold programmes marking the day. Members of the Parshad will place floral wreaths at the poet’s grave at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard. In the afternoon a book named ‘Mukhomukhi Rafiq Azad’, containing the poet’s interviews, will be launched at the poet’s residence in Dhanmondi.
The book launch will be attended by Azad’s friends, fans and family members.
Born on February 14, 1941 in Tangail, Rafiq Azad was a prolific writer. He enriched Bangla literature with his diverse works. He has to his credit 45 books. As a poet, he depicted love, romance, poverty, sufferings, injustice, urban and rural life in his poems.
Azad’s first book titled ‘Asombhaber Paye’ was published in 1973. He became famous when his poem Bhaat De Haramjada was published in 1974.
Some of his renowned works are Shimabaddha Jale Shimita Shabuje, Chunia Amar Archedia, Haturir Niche Jiban, Parikirna Panshala Amar Swadesh, Shahstra Sundar, Khub Bashi Durey Nay, Khama Karo Bahaman He Udar Amia Batas, Karo Asrupat, Prem O Biraher Kabita, Pagla Garad Thekay Premikar Chiti, Apar Aranya and Moulabir Man Bhalo Nai.
He also worked as a teacher, civil servant and journalist.
Rafiq Azad was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1984 and Ekushey Padak in 2013 for his contribution to literature.
He died on March 12, 2016.
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