Bangla Academy paid tribute to late Ekushey Padak winning poet Belal Chowdhury at a commemorative programme held at the open stage on Bangla Academy premises on Monday.
The programme, titled ‘Kobi Belal Chowdhury: Shrodhanjali’, was organised as part of the month-long Ekushey Book Fair.
Poet Pias Majid, also public relations officer of Bangla Academy, presented the key note paper at the programme presided over by Rabiul Hossain.
Poets Jahidul Haque, Dilara Hafiz and Tarik Sujat attended the programme as discussants.
‘Belal Chowhury has tried to portray life, nature and others through his poems. His works give us a glimpse into contemporary politics, literature and society,’ said Pias Majid.
The discussants said that Belal Chowhury made immense contribution to literary arenas in both Bangladesh and Kolkata, India.
‘A prolific writer in genres like fiction, essays, and translations, Belal Chowdhury is a household name in both Bangladesh and Kolkata. His poems give readers a glimpse into his eventful life,’ said poet Rabiul Hossain.
Poets Dilara Hafiz, Rezauddin Stalin, Farid Ahmed Dulal, Rahima Akter Kalpana and others paid tribute to Belal Chowdhury reciting poems.
Besides, artistes of Bhabnagar Foundation presented songs and dances and a drawing competition for children was also held. Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji inaugurated the competition.
On Tuesday, a discussion on ‘Spirit of liberation war in Bangla Rhymes’ was held at the same venue.
Poets Aslam Sani, Alam Talukder and others were present as discussants at the programme presided over by professor Syed Muhammad Shaheed.
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