A three-day Jibanananda Festival marking the 120th birth anniversary of poet Jibanananda Das began at Brojomohun College in Barishal city on Saturday.
Uttoron Sangskritik Sangathan, a Brojomohun College-based cultural-literary organisation, has organised the festival. On Sunday, a discussion was held at the festival venue where speakers spoke on life and works of Jibanananda Das.
Principal of BM College professor Shafiqur Rahman Shikdar inaugurated the festival, which is featuring 30 stalls displaying books and traditional handicraft items.
Besides, the festival is featuring cultural shows, essay and painting competition and others.
Divisional commissioner of Barishal Ram Chandra Das was present as the chief guest at the inauguration programme presided over by president of Uttaron Jubayer Hossain Shahed.
Convener of the festival sub-committee Udoy Shankar Das, Rokon Bepari and Syed Mehedi Hassan, among others, spoke at the programme.
The speakers urged the authorities to implement the Dhansiri River Eco- Park project, establish museum, memorials and sculptures of the poet. They also stressed the importance of conducting more research on Jibanananda’s life, works, ideology and influence on Bangla language and literature.
Born on February 17, 1899, Jibanananda Das is arguably the most influential romantic poet of the post-Tagore era. He died in a road accident on October 22, 1954 in Kolkata.
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