Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will always be relevant to us for his poems, songs and writings that address diverse issues, said Soumitra Shekhar, professor of Dhaka University Bangla department, at a solo lecture held at Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall of Bangla Academy on Sunday.
The programme titled ‘Jatiya Kobi Kazi Nazrul Islam Er 120 Tomo Jonmonbarshiki Utjapan’ was organised by Bangla Academy marking the national poet’s 120th birth anniversary.
Renowned recitation artiste Dalia Ahmed commenced the programme reciting Nazrul’s revolutionary poems. Following which, singer Yasmin Mushtari rendered Nazrul song Amar aponar cheye apon jey jon to the delight of the audience.
Soumitra Shekhar evaluated Kazi Nazrul Islam as ‘a poet whose works will continue to inspire generations’.
‘Kazi Nazrul Islam’s works are still relevant. In fact, his works will continue to inspire generations. He not only penned poems on revolution but also addressed romanticism, secularism, modernism and others,’ said Soumitra Shekhar.
‘He promoted equal rights of women in society. He adhered to secular political views. Today’s free thinkers can learn a lot from Nazrul,’ added Soumitra.
Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji delivered the welcome speech at the event presided over by national professor Anisuzzaman.
‘Nazrul often visited Burdwan House. We are going to reopen a room displaying Nazrul’s memorabilia at the second floor of the historic Burdwan House. Besides, we will make a biographical documentary on Nazrul,’ said Habibullah Siraji.
‘A writer emerges through his outstanding creations. Nazrul’s appeal is simultaneously local and universal. He will be remembered through his creations and I hope the young generation will follow in his footsteps,’ said Anisuzzaman.
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