Late eminent poet Al Mahmud was not only one of the leading poets of Bangladesh but also one of the major litterateurs of the Indian subcontinent, said speakers at a public mourning programme held at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Tuesday.
Al Mahmud Parishad organised the event to pay tribute to Al Mahmud, who passed away on February 15.
National professor Anisuzzaman attended the programme as the chief guest while poet Asad Chowdhury, poet Al Mujahidi, former justice Md Abdur Rauf, Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan and singer Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, among others, were present at the programme presided over by Bangla Academy former director general Mahmud Shah Qureshi.
Al Mahmud Parishad convener poet Asad Chowdhury gave the welcome speech at the event.
‘Al Mahmud was a poet of his own stature. His works will continue to leave a lasting impression on the minds of the readers for years to come,’ said national professor Anissuzzaman.
‘He established himself as one of the best poets in Bengali literature by just writing three of his masterpieces namely Lok Lokantor, Kaler Kolos, Sonali Kabin,’ he added.
Referring to the book Pankourir Rokto, Anisuzzaman said that Al Mahmud sharply depicted the lifestyle of the gypsy community in the book.
‘After Jibanananda Das, Al Mahmud is our most noted poet with a signature style and diction,’ said poet Asad Chowdhury.
‘In his poems rural Bengal comes in its most quintessential form,’ added Chowdhury.
‘Poet Al Mahmud will live on through his works,’ said Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan.
‘Al Mahmud spoke of humanity through his poems,’ said poet Al Mujahidi.
‘He enriched Bengali literature with his creations. I urge the younger generation to read his works,’ said Md Abdur Rauf.
Mahmud’s major poems including Sonali Kabin and Ami Ar Ashbona Bole were recited at the programme.
Al Mahmud died aged 82 on February 15 while undergoing treatment in the capital’s Ibn Sina Hospital. He was suffering from pneumonia and other old-age complications.
Lok Lokantor, Kaler Kolos, Sonali Kabin, Mayabi Porda Duley Otho, Adristabadider Rannabanna, Bokhtiarer Ghora, Arabya Rojonir Rajhas and Doel o Doyita are some of his major works.
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