3 Nazrul memorial centres in Bangladesh on cards

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:02, May 21,2018 | Updated: 22:16, May 21,2018


Kazi Nazrul Islam

Nazrul Institute is planning to build three more Nazrul Memorial Centres in Chuadanga, Faridpur and Manikganj where the national poet spent few days during his lifetime.
The institute has already got land at Karpasdanga in Chuadanga and in Faridpur district town, said Nazrul Institute secretary Md Abdur Rahim. ‘Manikganj district administration said they would allocate a land for us in Manikganj soon’ Rahim informed.
‘After getting the land in Manikganj, we will place project for constructions of three centres to the the cultural affairs ministry. The ministry has already verbally given permission,’ he added.
In 1927, Nazrul spent two weeks with a Christian community in Chuadanga with his family while suffering from pox, Nazrul Institute officials said, adding that the poet spent some days at poet Jasimuddin’s home in Faridpur in 1926 when he contested elections of Indian Central Legislative Assembly on behalf Swaraj Party. And Teota in Manikganj is Nazrul’s in-law’s home, they said.
‘All the centres will display some memoirs and photographs of Nazrul and also provide music trainings and research facilities,’ Rahim said.
At present two centres located in Comilla and Mymensingh are operated by the Nazrul Institute. Nazrul spent his boyhood in Trishal while a significant time of his youth in Comilla.
The institute could not take project to make a centre in Chittagong though the poet spent many days between 1926 and 1933 in the port city.
‘The railway department promised to give us land. But, they later cancelled the plan for construction of a railway track connecting India and Myanmar,’ Rahim said.
Nazrul also spent some days of his life in Jessore and Khulna. But, Nazrul Institute has no plan to make any centres in those districts.

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