Use of myths, traditions in Nazrul’s poems analysed

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 09:51pm on August 31, 2018


National professor and Nazrul researcher Rafiqul Islam speaks at a commemorative programme on Kazi Nazrul Islam at Bangla Academy on Thursday. — Press release

Kazi Nazrul Islam used elements from diverse myths, cultures, traditions and literary works to enrich his poems carrying non-communal messages, said speakers at a commemorative programme held on Thursday at Shamsur Rahman Hall of Bangla Academy.
The academy organised the programme marking the national poet’s 42nd death anniversary, which was observed on Monday.
Acting director general of Bangla Academy Md Anwar Hossain delivered the welcome speech, while professor and chairman of Bangla department of Dhaka University Dr Bismadeb Chowdhury delivered a solo lecture at the programme, which was presided over by national professor and Nazrul researcher Rafiqul Islam.
In his lecture titled ‘Nazrul Kabye Mythic-Oitiyik Pratima: Phire Dekha’, Dr Bismadeb Chowdhury analysed how Nazrul used elements from different myths, cultures, and traditions in his poems.
‘An ever-experimental and secular poet, Nazrul used elements from the Greek, Roman and Hindu myths, western, middle eastern and eastern literary works and traditions in his poems’, said Chowdhury.
‘Elements from Hindu scriptures, Greek mythology, sayings of Christianity and Buddhism, folklores of different regions and others have been abundantly and very aptly used by Nazrul in his poems’, added Chowdhury.
National professor Rafiqul Islam also pointed out the non-communal and humanitarian spirit of Nazrul. ‘Kazi Nazrul Islam was a non-communal person, who showed respect to all traditions and religions’, said Islam.
Following the lecture, Nazrul singers entertained the audience singing popular Nazrul songs. Seasoned Nazrul singer Dalia Nowseen rendered widely popular Nazrul songs like Mone pore aj se kon jonome and Harano hiyar nikunjo pothe, while singer Muhit Khan presented another popular Nazrul song Ami chitotore dure chole jabo to the delight of the audience.