Novelist Rizia Rahman remembered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 07,2019


A discussant speaks at the programme. — New Age photo

Recently demised Ekushey Padak winning novelist Rizia Rahman was remembered through a commemorative programme held at Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall of Bangla Academy on Thursday.

Rizia Rahman passed away at the age of 79 while undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka on August 16.

The programme titled ‘Kothasahittik Rizia Rahman Er Proyane Shoronshava’ was organised by Bangla Academy.

National professor Anisuzzaman presided over the programme, while Bangla Academy director general poet Habibullah Siraji, late eminent  poet Syed Shamsul Haq’s widow writer Anwara Syed Haq, Poet Mahbub Aziz, publisher Mazharul Islam, Rizia Rahman’s son Abdur Rahman and others spoke at the event.

The programme began with guests observing a minute silence in remembrance of the late novelist.

‘Rizia Rahman had enriched our literature by writing stories, novels, children’s literature and others. She will remain alive in the hearts of readers through her works,’ said Habibullah Siraji.

‘Rizia Rahman wrote on diverse subjects. Her works give the readers a glimpse into history and contemporary society of Bangladesh. She addressed the plight of the  marginalised people in society, oppression against women, sufferings of tea garden workers, struggles of Bangladeshi diaspora community and others in her works,’ said discussants.

‘My mother was not only a writer but also a good human being. She taught me the importance of honestly and empathy,’ said Abdur Rahman.

‘Her write-ups give us a glimpse into both history and anthropology. Her informative works address diverse subjects like struggles of the marginalised people in society, spirit of Liberation War and more. She will be remembered through her works,’ said Anisuzzaman.

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