The 118th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being celebrated auspiciously across the country today. Born on May 25 in 1899 in Churulia, Burdwan of West Bengal in India, Nazrul’s fiery poems inspired the mass to fight against injustice and the oppression of the colonial rule.
His fearless voice also earned him the wrath of the British rulers who had him jailed several times for igniting people’s desire for independence through his poems.
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Nazrul’s songs and poems were also great sources of inspiration for the freedom fighters during the Liberation War in 1971. Kazi Nazrul Islam’s multi-faceted talent as a littérateur has left a significant mark in the history of Bengali literature.
The government as well as various socio-cultural organisations have already chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the birthday of the national poet in a befitting manner. Here’s a glimpse at the events happening around the city to pay tribute to the rebellious poet.
The Government of Bangladesh
President Md Abdul Hamid will be present as the chief guest of the central programme at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium today at 3.30pm, which will be presided over by Asaduzzaman Noor, minister of Cultural Affairs. Nazrul Institute Trustee Board Chairman Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam will be present as the special guest at the event. The welcome speech will be delivered by the acting secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan.
Professor Soumitra Shekhar will address a speech on this year’s theme “Soldier Nazrul Islam against anti-imperialism and colonialism” at the inauguration session.
The Nazrul Institute is organising an exhibition of the poet’s photos, poster and books to introduce him to the new generation. The public library will organise book exhibitions and an essay competition to mark the day.
The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will produce a documentary made with collected videos of the national poet to be telecast on TV.
Chhyanaut has arranged a two day event titled “Nazrul Utsab” to celebrate Nazrul’s birthday which was inaugurated on Wednesday. The festival aims to pay tribute to the poet through various forms of cultural performances, including singing, dancing, reciting and reading.
Nazrul academy has been organising various programmes from on Wednesday. There will be a series of cultural performances at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, which is open for all. The programme will commence at 5.30pm today.
A series of programmes have been undertaken to celebrate the day, including the placing of wreaths on the poet’s grave beside the Dhaka University Mosque.
Later, a commemorative meeting will be held on the mazaar premises which will be chaired by the vice-chancellor. The DU Club will arrange a cultural function titled “Rabindra-Nazrul Sangskritik Sandha” at 7:00pm, at the campus.
Channel I is hosting a “Nazrul Mela” to mark the day like it has done in previous years. A lifetime achievement award will be conferred to a talented artist at the festival.
Special programmes on Nazrul’s works, including his plays, poetry and songs, will be broadcast on TV channels and radio stations to mark the national poet’s birthday.