Today is the 76th birth anniversary of renowned poet and freedom fighter Rafiq Azad.
Rafiq Azad Smriti Parshad, however, organised a daylong programme on Tuesday to follow the poet’s birthday according to Bangla calendar.
The celebrations programme began in the morning with placement of floral wreaths on Rafiq Azad’s grave at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard by the late poet’s family members, peers and fans.
At afternoon, RASP organised a commemorative programme at the organisation’s office in Dhanmondi. The programme featured poetry recitation, discussion and songs. Besides, an essay collection of the late poet was also launched at the event.
Poet Muhammad Samad delivered the welcome speech at the programme. Professor Rafiqullah Khan spoke on life and works of Rafiq Azad. Rabiul Hossain, president of Rafiq Azad Smriti Parshad, presided over the event.
Professor emeritus Anisuzzamanan was present as the chief guest at the launching ceremony of Rafiq Azad’s essay collection titled ‘Godhyer Gohon Aranye’, which has been edited by Pias Majid and Dilara Hafiz.
Renowned poets and artists like Hashem Khan, Asad Chowdhury, Anwara Syed Haq, Ruby Rahman, Habibullah Siraji, Asim Saha, Tariq Sujat, Ferdous Nahar, Obaid Akash, Pias Majid and Rafiq Azad’s son poet Avinno Azad spoke at the programme.
Rafiq Azad was a prolific writer. He enriched the Bangla literature with his diverse works. He has to his credit 45 books. As a poet, he depicted love, romance, poverty, sufferings, injustice, urban and rural life in his poems.
Azad’s first book titled ‘Asombhaber Paye’ was published in 1973. He became famous when his poem Bhaat De Haramjada was published in 1974.
Some of his renowned works are Shimabaddha Jale Shimita Shabuje, Chunia Amar Archedia, Haturir Niche Jiban, Parikirna Panshala Amar Swadesh, Shahstra Sundar, Khub Bashi Durey Nay, Khama Karo Bahaman He Udar Amia Batas, Karo Asrupat, Prem O Biraher Kabita, Pagla Garad Thekay Premikar Chiti, Apar Aranya, Moulabir Man Bhalo Nai.
He also worked as a teacher, civil servant and journalist.
Rafiq Azad was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1984 and Ekushey Padak in 2013 for his contribution to