The 120th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was celebrated in the country on Saturday in a befitting manner.
Born on May 25, 1899 at Churulia village in Burdwan district of West Bengal in India, Nazrul through his fiery poems had inspired people to fight against injustice and repression of the colonial rule.
Cultural affairs ministry and different socio-cultural and political organisations arranged elaborate programmes, including discussions and placing of flower wreaths on the poet’s grave by the Central Mosque of Dhaka University, on the occasion.
The main celebration programme was organised by cultural affairs ministry at Trishal in Mymensingh.
Education minister Dr Dipu Moni was present as the chief guest, while state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid presided over the programme.
Visva Bharati University vice-chancellor Professor Bidyut Chakrabarty and chairperson of parliamentary standing committee on Ministry of Religious Affairs Md Hafiz Ruhul Amin Madani, among others, were present as special guests. Rabindra University vice-chancellor professor Biswajit Ghosh delivered Nazrul memorial speech.
Renowned Nazrul singers performed at the programme too.
In the capital, students and teachers of Chhayanaut paid tribute to Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 120th birth anniversary at a celebration programme held on Saturday morning.
The event, held at Chhayanaut auditorium in Dhanmondi, featured discussion and a cultural show.
The programme began with a chorus presentation of Nazrul’s inspirational song Jago amrita piyashi chitta.
Chhayanaut vice-president and renowned Nazrul singer Khairul Anam Shakil delivered the welcome speech. ‘Nazrul has been a lighthouse for us. His humanitarian messages and outlook expressed in his writings and songs are very relevant to today’s world too,’ said Shakil.
Following were solo performances by Suptika Mandol, Manisha Sarkar, Sumona Biswas, Mohit Khan, Jayanta Roy, Ahmed and others.
The singers presented Nazrul’s songs of diverse genres including Akashe bhorer tara, Tumi jatoi dohona dukher anole, Khele Nander angina ananda dulal, Kalema shadate ache, Antore tumi achho chirodin and others.
Nazrul Academy has organised two-day programme, which began on Saturday, marking the day.
Bangla Academy will hold a solo lecture and cultural show today where Dhaka University Bangla department professor Dr Soumitra Shekhar will deliver the solo lecture.
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