Recently demised Ekushey Padak winning poet and architect Rabiul Husain was recalled at a commemoration meeting held at the Rabindra Chattar of Bangla Academy on Wednesday afternoon.
The programme titled ‘Kobi O Sthopoti Rabiul Husain Er Proyaney Smoronshabha’ was organised by the academy where friends, peers and family members of Rabiul Husain recalled their memories of the poet.
The programme began with observance of one minute silence in memory of Rabiul Husain.
Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji, Jatiya Kabita Parishad president Professor Muhammad Samad and its general secretary Tarik Sujat, poet Mohammad Nurul Huda, poet Aslam Sani, poet Aminur Rahman, Taimur Husain, younger brother of Rabiul Husain, and others were present at the programme, presided over by national professor Anisuzzamanm, also the president of the academy.
‘Rabiul Husain was a principled man with a big heart. He had enriched our literature penning books like ‘Shundhori Fana’, ‘Kothay Amar Nobhojan’, ‘Ei Shob Nil Opoman’ and others. He also translated many books in his lifetime. I urge the younger generation to read his books,’ said Habibullah Siraji.
‘My brother was a selfless person. He was the eldest among nine siblings. After our father passed away, he provided for us and took care of us,’ said Taimur Husain.
‘He was a member of Jatiya Kabita Parishad. He participated in all programmes of the organisations. His death has left a huge void which cannot be filled. Steps must be taken to preserve his works,’ said Aminur Rahman.
Besides, Tarik Sujat, poet Mohammad Nurul Huda, poet Aslam Sani, poet Aminur Rahman and others paid tribute to Rabiul Husain reciting self-penned poems.
Rabiul Husain was born on January 31, 1943 in Kushtia, he completed his graduation from then East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology, now Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, in 1968.
He designed Shaheed Minar at Jahangirnagar University campus.
He served as president of The Institute of Architects, Bangladesh for four terms. He was also vice-chairman of Architects Regional Council of Asia, vice-president of Commonwealth Association of Architects and served as president of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects.
He has written over 25 books including poetry books, essays, novels and children’s books.
He received Ekushey Padak in 2018. He also received Bangla Academy Award, National Poetry Council Award, Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture in Lifetime Achievement Category and IAB Award.
He died on November 26.
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