Ekushey Padak winning late eminent poet Professor Humayun Azad advocated progressive thinking and encouraged readers to have an open mind, said speakers at a seminar held at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Wednesday.
The event titled ‘Bahumatrik Humayun Azad O Tar Kabita’ was organised by Bangladesh National Museum marking the poet’s 72nd birth anniversary, which was observed on April 28.
Dhaka University teacher Rubayet Ferdous and Humayun Azad’s daughter Mauli Azad were present as guests at the seminar, which was presided over by acclaimed artist Hashem Khan, also chairman of trustee board of Bangladesh National Museum.
Professor of Dhaka University Bangla department Soumitra Shekhar presented the key note paper.
‘Humayun Azad criticised religious violence and other anomalies in society through his works. He wrote 60 books, which include 10 poetry books, 13 novels, 22 books on literary-criticism, 8 children’s books and 7 books on linguistics. He made a lasting impression on readers with his work named Nari,’ said Soumitra Shekhar.
‘Humayun Azad fiercely criticised anomalies in the society. Readers admire his thought-provoking works. He enriched Bangla literature with his creations like Fuler Gondhe Ghum Ashe Na and Lal Nil Dipabali,’ said Rubayet Ferdous.
‘My father craved for knowledge more than anything else. He never interfered in my personal life. He wanted to raise me as an independent and open-minded individual,’ said Mauli Azad.
‘Humayun Azad was a fearless writer. He was known for his outspoken personality. He attacked socio-political anomalies in the society through his works till the last day of his life,’ said artist Hashem Khan.
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