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108th birth anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal on Thursday

  • Published at 08:43 pm June 19th, 2019
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Poet Sufia Kamal Dhaka Tribune

A pioneer in the movement for women’s emancipation, Sufia Kamal was born on June 20, 1911

The 108th birth anniversary of late poet Sufia Kamal will be observed across the country on Thursday.

A pioneer in the movement for women’s emancipation, Sufia Kamal was born on June 20, 1911, in the Shayestabad Nawab family in Barisal.

On the occasion of the poet’s birthday, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages paying tribute to the memory of Sufia Kamal.

“Sufia Kamal had struggled throughout her life for the emancipation of women from prejudice,” the president said in his message. 

Sufia Kamal was the founding president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, and she played an active role in all progressive movements in the country, the president added.

“Her life and literary works inspire the new generations, and she will remain a source of inspiration for the youth forever,” President Abdul Hamid further said.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: “I convey my profound respect to the memory of Begum Sufia Kamal, one of the pioneers of progressive, democratic, and women’s emancipation movements in Bangladesh, on the occasion of her 108th birth anniversary.”

The prime minister also said Sufia Kamal played an uncompromising role in every movement in Bangladesh. 

Sheikh Hasina recalled her role in the movement against the banning Tagore songs by the Pakistan government in 1961, the Language Movement in 1952, Non-cooperation Movement, and the Liberation War in 1971, among others.

She also said Sufia Kamal inspired pro-liberation forces when the distortion of history began in the country, after the assassination of Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975.

Various social and cultural organisations will hold programs to mark Sufia Kamal’s birth anniversary. 

Begum Sufia Kamal died in Dhaka on November 20, 1999. She was buried at Azimpur Graveyard with full state honours. Her works include “Sanjher Maya”, “Maya Kajal”, “Mon O Jibon”, “Shanti O Pranthana”, “Udatto Brithibi” and “Diwan.”