DHAKA, May 25, 2017 (BSS) - People from all walks of life today paid rich tributes to national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on the occasion of his 118th birth anniversary.
The poet's birth anniversary was celebrated with due respect on Dhaka University campus where he has been laid to eternal rest.
The main programme of Nazrul birth anniversary was held in the city's Osmani Smriti (Memorial) auditorium with the theme "Nazrul, a soldier against imperialism and colonialism".
President Abdul Hamid attended the programme as the chief gust.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor chaired the programme that was addressed by Cultural Secretary Ibrahim Hossain Khan and Nazrul Institute Trustee Board Chairman Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam.
DU Professor Soumitra Sekhar delivered a memorial lecture on the theme while Nazrul's granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi delivered the welcome speech in the inaugural function.
Later, a cultural programme was held at the same venue.
Earlier, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on Wednesday paying tributes to the national poet.
The programme of the day began in Dhaka with placing of wreaths on the poet's grave at the Dhaka University early in the morning.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique and Khilkhil Kazi paid rich tributes to Kazi Nazrul Islam by placing wreaths on his grave.
Later, Bangla Academy, Shilpakola Academy, National Museum, National Archives and Library, Nazrul Institute, Shishu Academy and different socio, cultural and political organizations paid rich tributes to Nazrul.
Marking the day, teachers, students, officers and employees of the university led by DU VC Arefin Siddique went in a procession to the grave of the poet and placed wreaths.
Different organizations of the university, including the teachers' association and residential halls also placed wreaths.
Presided over by DU VC Professor Arefin Siddique, the meeting was addressed by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, DU Pro VC Professor Akhtaruzzaman, Treasurer Professor Dr Kamal Uddin, Teachers' Association President Professor Dr ASM Maksudul Kamal and General Secretary Professor M Rahmat Ullah and Nazrul's family member Khilkhil Kazi and Misti Kazi, among others.
DU Bangla Department Acting Chairperson Professor Bismadeb Chowdhury conducted the meeting.
Asaduzzaman Noor said, "Only showing love and affection for the poet is not enough to know him. If you want to know about Nazrul you should read his literatures and follow his ideals."
Prof Arefin Siddque in his presidential speech termed Nazrul as the poet of humanity, non-communal and harmony.
The DU VC said the literatures including songs and poems of Nazrul are still relevant in combating militancy and terrorism at home and abroad.
He urged the new generation to imbue themselves with the ideals of Nazrul to become worthy citizens with non-communal spirit.
Besides, DU World Religions and Culture Department and Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (CIID) jointly brought out a rally from the Aparajeyo Bangla premises at 9.30 am. The procession ended coming on the poet's grave premises.
Later, a seminar on "Nazrul's Understanding of Community and Communalism" was held at RC Majumder Arts Auditorium on the campus at 11 am with CIID Director Dr Fazrin Huda in the chair.
Meanwhile, the Nazrul Institute and the Shilpakala Academy organized separate discussions and cultural functions marking the day.
The local administrations celebrated Nazrul's birth anniversary at Trishal of Mymensingh, Daulatpur of Comilla and Chittagong, the places having memories of the poet.
The birth anniversary of the national poet was also celebrated in educational institutions and district headquarters.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private television channels are airing special programmes and the newspapers have published special supplements highlighting the birth anniversary of the national poet.
Kazi Nazrul Islam was born on the 11th Joishtha in Bengali calendar year 1306 in Churulia, near Asansol in the Burdwan district of West Bengal.
He was famous for his fiery poem Bidrohi (The Rebel) and his many melodious songs. He was a poet, lyricist, musician, revolutionary and philosopher.
There are 2,400 of his songs, and together, they are known as Nazrul-Geeti or Nazrul Sangit. He composed the songs, which he liked to tune himself.
Considering his impressive talent, Rabindranath Tagore dubbed him as Saraswati's bor-putra (the gifted son of the Goddess of learning).
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)