Rabiul Husain remembered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 01,2019


Admirers pay tribute to recently demised poet-architect Rabiul Husain at a commemorative programme at Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

Recently demised Ekushey Padak winning poet-architect Rabiul Husain was remembered at a commemorative programme held at Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon.

The programme titled ‘Kobi O Sthopoti Rabiul Husain er Nagorik Smoronshabha’ was organised by Jatiya Kabita Parishad.

The programme commenced with the recitation of Rabiul Husain’s poem ‘Shomukkhe Shanti Pabey’.

Following which, the organisers and audience observed one minute silence in remembrance of Rabiul Husain.

Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji, thespian Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu, poet Kamal Chowdhury, poet Quasi Rosy, architect Jalal Ahmed, Jatiya Kabita Parishad general secretary Tarik Sujat and others spoke at the programme, presided over by Jatiya Kabita Parishad president Muhammad Samad.

‘Rabiul participated in all major cultural movements after the 1980s. May his soul rest in peace,’ said Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu.

‘We worked together on several projects. He never misbehaved with anyone. He made immense contribution to the country’s architecture scene. He will live on through his works,’ said Jalal Ahmed.

‘He made significant contribution to country’s architecture and poetry scenes. Bangla Academy will publish a book on Rabiul Husain’s life and works. The younger generation must follow his footsteps,’ said Habibullah Siraji.

Rabiul Husain was born on January 31, 1943 in Kushtia, he completed his graduation from the then East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology, now Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, in 1968.

Rabiul Husain designed Shaheed Minar at Jahangirnagar University campus.

He served as president of The Institute of Architects, Bangladesh for four terms. He was also vice-chairman of Architects Regional Council of Asia, vice-president of Commonwealth Association of Architects and served as president of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects.

Rabiul has written over 25 books including poetry books, essays, novels and children’s books.

He received Ekushey Padak in 2018. He also received Bangla Academy Award, National Poetry Council Award, Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture in Lifetime Achievement Category and IAB Award.

He died on November 26.

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