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Begum Sufia Kamal’s 20th death anniversary on Wednesday

  • Published at 08:57 pm November 19th, 2019
Sufia Kamal
Poet Begum Sufia Kamal Dhaka Tribune

'Her life and literary works inspire the new generation deeply and she will remain as source of inspiration for the young generation forever'

The 20th death anniversary of poet Begum Sufia Kamal will be observed across the country on Wednesday.

On the occasion, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages paying profound respect to the memory of the poet, reports BSS.

They prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of Sufia Kamal.

In a message, the president said Poet Sufia Kamal will be alive among the countrymen through her Pegasus and amazing works.

“Her life and literary works inspire the new generation deeply and she will remain as source of inspiration for the young generation forever,” Hamid said, adding that her struggle for establishing a society with equal rights for men and women.

In her message, Sheikh Hasina conveyed her profound respect to the memories of Begum Sufia Kamal, one of the pioneers of progressive, democratic and women emancipation movements in Bangladesh.

Born on June 20, 1911 in an aristocratic family, known as the Nabab family of Shayestabad in Barisal, Begum Sufia Kamal dedicated her whole life to the promotion of women’s liberty, progressive thinking, and non-communal politics.

She was an activist of the historic Language Movement of 1952 and also played a significant role in the 1971 Liberation War. In 1956, she launched “Kochi-Kachar Mela,” an organization of children, and the Bangladesh Mohila Parishad in 1970.

Begum Sufia Kamal died in Dhaka on November 20 in 1999 and was buried at Azimpur Graveyard with full state honour.

She won more than 50 awards for her contributions to the literature including “Ekushey Padak,” “Swadhinata Dibash Padak,” “Bangla Academy Padak,” “Soviet Lenin Award,” “Begum Rokeya Padak,” “Jatiya Kobita Porishad Award.”