DHAKA, The 108th birth anniversary of late poet
Sufia Kamal will be observed across the country tomorrow.
A pioneer in movement for women emancipation, Sufia Kamal was born on June
20, 1911 in Shayestabad Nawab family in Barisal.
On the occasion, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
have issued separate messages paying profound respect to the memory of poet
Sufia Kamal had struggled throughout her life for the emancipation of
women from prejudice, the President said in his message.
Sufia Kamal was the founder president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and
she had active role in all progressive movements in the country, Hamid said,
adding that her struggle was for establishing a society with equal rights of
men and women.
Her life and literary works inspire the new generations deeply and she
will remain as source of inspiration for the young generations forever, said
President Abdul Hamid.
He prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of the poet.
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 emancipation movements in Bangladesh, on
the occasion of her 108th birth anniversary.
The Prime Minister said Sufia Kamal was the image of a traditional Bengali
woman and on the other side, she played an uncompromising role in every
movement in Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina recalled her role in the movement against banning Tagore
songs by Pakistan government in 1961, language movement in 1952, non
cooperation movement and the Liberation War in 1971 and all democratic and
cultural movements in the country.
She said Sufia Kamal's role inspired the proliberation forces when the
distortion of history began in the country after the assassination of the
greatest Bangalee of all times, Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman in 1975.
The Prime Minister prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of
Begum Sufia Kamal.
Different social and cultural organisations have taken various programmes
marking the anniversary.
Begum Sufia Kamal died in Dhaka on November 20 in 1999. She was buried at
Azimpur Graveyard with full state honour. Her remarkable works are 'Sanjher
Maya, 'Maya Kajal', 'Mon O Jibon', 'Shanti O Pranthana,' 'Udatto Brithibi'
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)