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Nurul Huda: Bangla is the most powerful language

Mohammad Nurul Huda, Goutam Guha Roy and Ashraf Jewel

Update : 08 Jan 2023, 02:54 PM

Bangladeshi poet Mohammad Nurul Huda has said that to him, Bangla is the most powerful language in the world.

“I think Bangla is the most powerful language in the world. At one time, Bangla would be among the first two or three languages out of 10. Everything we have written must be translated and presented to the world,” he added. 

Ekushey Padak-winning poet Nurul Huda was speaking at a session “The Future of Poetry in Today's Era” on the fourth and final day of Dhaka Lit Fest 2023 on Saturday.

The session, which was held at Bangla Academy Lawn, was also attended by Goutam Guha Roy, and Ashraf Jewel. 

“Bangladesh's mother tongue is Bangla. Spirit is at the root of all languages. Language does not have antagonism. I am the most comfortable in expressing myself in Bangla,” Nurul Huda told the audience. 

“'People have become one now. Most languages are disappearing. When the language is endangered, when people are endangered, what will happen to poetry?” asked Goutam Guha Roy.

“Freedom of poetry will be the future of poetry,” Nurul Huda said later.

The fourth and closing day of the 10th edition of Dhaka Lit Fest is packed with activities. 

The day started with spiritual music “Kirtan” at Bangla Academy Lawn at around 9am. 

The closing ceremony is set to start at around 5:30pm. It will include a dance performance at Bangla Academy's AKSB Auditorium. 

Later, at around 6:30pm, the main attraction of the closing event -- a concert by Coke Studio Bangla-- will take place. 

The lineup for the show is artists Animes Roy, Pantha Kanai, Rubayat Rehman, Rituraj, Nandita, Sunidhi Nayak and Boga Taleb.

The first three days of the 10th edition of Dhaka Lit Fest attracted huge crowds from all around the globe.

Defying the biting cold and foggy weather hundreds of writers, academics, researchers, journalists, artists, and book lovers came together to experience the biggest literary event in Bangladesh,

Dhaka Lit Fest is featuring winners of the Pulitzer, International Booker, Neustadt International, and PEN/Pinter prizes, as well as the Prix Médicis, Academy Award, Windham-Campbell Prize, Albert Medal, Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and Aga Khan Award.

Bangladesh's biggest event on world literature and culture began on Thursday with around 500 writers, poets, performers, intellectuals, journalists, and internationally acclaimed prize-winning speakers taking part in over 170 sessions over four days.

Children up to 12 years of age will not need any ticket to enter. People can complete their registration by visiting the event website and entering their names, ages, gender, occupations, mobile numbers, and email. After entering all the information correctly, they can select their ticket categories.

Click here for the whole day's program schedule.

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