Late iconoclastic poet Shahid Qadri was recalled through presentations of his poems at a programme at the Sangskriti Bikash Kendra in Dhaka.
Recitation troupe Trilok Bachik Pathsala organised the event titled ‘Shahid Qadri Bari Nei.’ Besides Qadri’s poems, poems of poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq, who died at a city hospital on September 27, were also recited as a tribute to the latter.
Both members of the organisation and guest artistes performed at the event.
The performances interspersed with speeches made, among others, by eminent poet Nurud Huda, noted recitation artistes Mahidul Islam and Maskure Sattar Kallol, who talked about the contributions of Shahid Qadri in Bangla literature.
Masum Azizul Bashar, chief of Trilok Bachik Pathsala, presided over the session.
Guest artiste Nazmul Ahsan recited Qadri’s timeless poems – Prem and Sanghati – and Haq’s famous poem Nurul Diner Sara Jibon, while Mahidul Islam presented Haq’s Pari.
Afterwards, Bachik members presented a number of poems by Shahid Qadri in solo performances.
Among the performers were Probal Kumar Das, Ujjal Bain, Mahera Binte Rafiq, Hira Chakma, Kamrun Nahar, Sacchu Sahnewaz, Arif Shahmud, and Arif Shamsul.
Among Qadri’s poems recited were Ke Jeno Bolechhe, Nishiddho Journal Theke, Rastroprodhan Ki Mene Niben, Rastro Manei Left Right Left, and Chandrahato Sangat.
Shahid Qadri (August 14, 1942 – August 28, 2016) started writing poetry at the age of 14 and became popular within a short span of time.
He authored only five books of poetry. His first collection, Uttaradhikar, was published in 1967.
Qadri received Bangla Academy Award in 1973 and Ekushey Padak in 2011.
He died in New York on August 28.