Poet Jasimuddin was remembered at a programme held at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Saturday.
The museum organised the programme in hybrid format marking the poet’s 118th anniversary of birth, which was observed on January 1.
The programme featured discussion on the life and work of Jasimuddin, who is popularly known as Palli Kabi for his poems depicting the people and nature of rural Bengal.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid attended the programme as chief guest while cultural affairs ministry secretary M Badrul Arefin and former vice-chancellor of Chittagong University Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury attended the programme as special guests.
Bangladesh National Museum director general Khondoker Mostafizur Rahman delivered the welcome speech at the programme, which was presided over by former Dhaka University vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique.
Poet Bimal Guha delivered the keynote speech at the event.
‘Jasimuddin has not only portrayed rustic life but also addressed social anomalies, urban life and others in his works. Every year we celebrate the birth anniversary of Jasimuddin on January 1 organising diverse programmes but this year we had to organise the programme at a later date due to the COVID-19 crisis,’ said Khondoker Mostafizur Rahman.
‘Jasimuddin started writing poems when he was a college student. His masterpiece titled Nakshikanthar Math has been translated into several languages. It’s our responsibility to promote the legacy of Jasimuddin,’ said AAMS Arefin Siddique.
Jasimuddin was born on January 1, 1903 at Tambulkhana village of Faridpur district in the then British India.
He began his career as an assistant research fellow under noted folk researcher Dinesh Chandra Sen in 1931 and collected folk literature till 1937 under supervision of Dinesh. He collected more than 10,000 folk songs, some of which has been included in his song compilations namely Jari Gaan and Murshida Gaan.
In 1938 Jasimuddin joined the University of Dhaka as a lecturer and taught there till 1944. He left the job and joined the department of information and broadcasting and worked there until his retirement in 1962.
Jasimuddin received different awards for his contribution to the literary arena of the country including President’s Award for Pride of Performance, Pakistan (1958), DLitt by Rabindra Bharati University, India (1969), Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh (1976) and Independence Day Award (1978).
The poet died on March 13, 1976 in Dhaka.
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