Eminent poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah was recalled through talks and presentations of his songs and poems at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Sunday.
Rudra Sangsad organised the event to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of the poet, best known for his revolutionary and romantic poems.
The prime minister’s economic affairs advisor Dr Mashiur Rahman was present as chief guest at the programme while noted poet Kamal Chowdhury presided over it.
Also on hand were Jatiya Kabita Parishad president Muhammad Samad, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Golam Kuddus, noted people’s songs singer Fakir Alamgir, and the Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman Mohammad Sadiq.
Golam Kuddus, in his speech, said that Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah had a major contribution in the formation of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote and was one of its founders.
Mohammad Sadiq, also a friend of Shahidullah, said his works deserve to be studied and researched.
‘I think there should be more research on Shahidullah’s songs and poems. These can help us understand the context that led to our independence war and Bengali nationalism that served as its driving force,’ he said.
‘He dealt with these topics frequently in his poems,’ he added.
Mashiur Rahman, in his speech, said Shahidullah’s poems are a mouthpiece of the chaotic socio-political atmosphere of his time.
Kamal Chowdhury, on the other hand, called him an emotional man and rebellious at the same time.
Afterwards, there was a cultural show in which recitation artistes charmed the audience with their presentations of Shahidullah’s poems.
Aniket Sujan recited Manusher Manchitra Theke in her power voice while Fayzul Alam Pappu recited Amar Bishonno Sundor. Masudur Jaman recited the sad-romantic poem Ovimaner Kheya.
As well as the poems, there were Shahidullah’s songs rendered by Tanvir Alam.
Tanvir first presented Urbo Ekai, followed by Bhalo Achhi Bhalo Theko, considered one of the most memorable romantic playbacks in the history of Bengali cinema.
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