The event, organized by the academy, was held at its Abdul Karim auditorium and began with the performance of the national anthem, followed by the recitation of the poet's popular poem, Jotodur Bangla Bhasha Totodur Bangladesh
Renowned Bangladeshi poet and novelist Mohammad Nurul Huda's 70th birth anniversary was celebrated at the capital's Bangla Academy on Monday afternoon. The Ekushey Padak winning poet's 70th birthday was celebrated by recitation of his 70 most influential poems by 70 recitation artistes across the country.
The event, organized by the academy, was held at its Abdul Karim auditorium and began with the performance of the national anthem, followed by the recitation of the poet's popular poem, Jotodur Bangla Bhasha Totodur Bangladesh.
Afterwards 70 artistes took the stage five at a time and each recited a poem of the poet.
The event was presided over by national professor Rafiqul Islam while national professor Anisuzzaman was its chief guest.
Professor Harunur Rashid, professor Maniruzzaman, professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, poet Kamal Chowdhury, poet Asad Mannan, secretary to Cultural Affairs Ministry Dr Md Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, Rabindra University Vice Chancellor professor Bishwajit Ghosh, and Bangla Academy Director General Poet Habibullah Siraji were present at the event.
Huda, acclaimed as Jatisattar kobi meaning 'the poet of national identity," is also known as a versatile writer, essayist, literary critic, translator, folklorist, and IPR-specialist for copyright and traditional cultural expressions. The internationally reputed poet has more than 150 titles published to his credit.
His poems have been translated into many international languages including English,French, German, Swedish, Russian, Arabic,Urdu, Hindi,etc.
He has won a number of national and international awards including the Bangla Academy Literary Award, the Poet of International Merit ( ISP, USA ), the Tripura State Award ( India ), the Mahadiganta Award ( India ), the President's Honour (Turkey ), the Ekushey Padak in 2015, among others.
After 34 years of service, Huda retired as Director of Bangla Academy, Dhaka in 2007. Till date he works as the executive editor of the Bangla Academy Journal.
At Bangla Academy, he worked as the Project Director of Young Writers' Project. He also served as the Executive Director of the Nazrul Institute, Dhaka. He was a Consultant of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva.
He is also currently the Departmental Head of the English Department in European University of Bangladesh in Dhaka.