Ekushey Padak winning poet Asad Chowdhury was felicitated by fellow poets, friends and family members on his 75th birthday at a programme held on Saturday at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy.
The felicitation programme was organised by literary organisation Padakkhep and was attended by national Professor Anisuzzaman, Bishwa Sahitya Kendra founder Abdullah Abu Sayeed, former cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, folklorist and former Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan, Jatiya Kabita Parishad president Muhammad Samad and Bangla Academy director general poet Habibullah Siraji.
The speakers congratulated Asad Chowdhury and evaluated his contributions to contemporary Bangla literature.
They said that Asad Chowdhury has earned a place in contemporary Bangla literature for his poems that give expression to both personal and public feelings and issues.
‘As a poet, Asad Chowdhury developed his own style gradually. His poems are rooted in the soil and look upward to the sky. His poems are replete with both personal feelings and public issues,’ said Abdullah Abu Sayeed.
‘Wit and boldness characterise Asad Chowdhury’s poems,’ said poet Habibullah Siraji.
Asad Chowdhury, in his speech, thanked all.
‘It is an honour to listen to all these reputed persons speaking about me and my writings. I am honoured and humbled,’ said Asad Chowdhury, whose notable collections of poems include Tabak Deya Pan (1975), Bitto Nai Besat Nai (1976), Ekka Dokka (1980), Joler Madhye Lekhajokha (1982), Je Pare Paruk (1983), Modhya Math Theke (1984), Megher Julum Pakhir Julum (1987), Nadio Bibastro Hoy (1992), Premer Kabita (1992), Batash Jemon Parichito (1998), Brishtir Sansare Ami Keo Noi (1998) and others.
Different literary and cultural organisations congratulated Asad Chowdhury with flower bouquets, while recitation artistes recited his poems to the delight of the audience.
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