Admirers paid tribute to poet Jibanananda Das organising special programmes in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on his 121st birth anniversary, which was celebrated on Monday.
The programmes featured discussion, recitation of poems, cultural shows, essay writing and painting competition and others.
A discussion titled ‘Adhunik Bangla Kabita O Jibanananda Das’ was held at the Bangladesh National Museum.
Acclaimed Jibanananda researcher and former Bangladesh National Museum director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury delivered the keynote speech at the event.
Bangladesh National Museum Board of Trustee’s president Shamsuzzaman Khan was present as chief guest while Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji and former Sufia Kamal National Public Library director general Ashish Kumar Sarkar, among others, were present as discussants at the programme, presided over by Bangladesh National Museum director general Mohammad Shawkat Ali.
‘Jibanananda Das didn’t get the recognition he deserved when he was alive. The poet received due respect after his death. He is one the most popular poets in modern Bengali literature,’ said Faizul Latif Chowdhury.
‘Jibanananda Das’s poems give the readers a glimpse into modernism. Younger generations should read his works,’ said Habibullah Siraji.
Besides, cultural organisation Moner Khorak arranged Jibanananda Utsab at Edward M Kennedy Centre in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
In Barishal, different organisations celebrated Jibanananda Das’s birth anniversary on Monday. They urged the government to set up a museum dedicated to the poet in the city.
Activists of Jatiya Kabita Parishad Barishal branch paid tribute to Jibanananda Das placing floral wreaths on his mural in the city. A discussion was also held at the auditorium of Jibanananda Memorial Hall.
Besides, a three-day festival commenced at Government Brojomohun College on Sunday.
Uttaran Sangskritik Shangathan, a BM College-based cultural organisation, has organised the festival titled Jibanananda Mela. Vice-principal of the college Professor Golam Kibriya inaugurated the event.
The festival is featuring different stalls displaying books of the poet, handicrafts and others.
Bangla department of Barishal University arranged a discussion on life and works of the poet on Monday at its Kirtankhola Auditorium.
Professor Aniruddhya Kahali of Bangla department of Jahangirnagar University attended the programme as chief discussant.
Jibanananda Das was born on February 17, 1899 in Barishal.
He belonged to the group of poets who tried to shake off Rabindranath Tagore’s poetic influence.
He died in a tram accident on October 22, 1954 in Kolkata, India.
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