DHAKA, The 70th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be observed tomorrow.
Born on August 5, 1949 at Tungipara in Gopalganj, Sheikh Kamal was a former executive member of the central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
To mark the day, Awami League, its associate bodies and different political, sociocultural and sports organisations have taken up elaborate programmes marking the day.
Leaders and workers of Awami League and its associate bodies will pay tribute to Sheikh Kamal by placing wreaths at his portrait on Dhanmondi Abahani Club premises at 8am and they will also pay homage by placing wreaths at his grave at Banani graveyard at 9am. Later, Qurankhawni, milad and doa mahfil will be arranged.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader urged all leaders and workers of the party and its associate and likeminded bodies to observe the 70th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal in a befitting manner.
Abahani Limited and 'Abahani Shomorthok Ghosthi' have chalked out various programmes.
The Abahani Limited and its supporters will pay tribute to Sheikh Kamal by placing wreaths at his portrait on Dhanmondi Abahani Club premises at 12.01 am (early Monday).
They will visit Kamal's grave at the Banani Graveyard and hold a doa mahfil there seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Sheikh Kamal and other family members of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who were assassinated by a group of disgruntled army personnel on August 15, 1975.
The Abahani Ltd. will also hold a discussion over the colorful life and works of Sheikh Kamal at 4pm and programmes including daylong recitation from the Holy Quran along with miladmahfil (after Asr prayers) tomorrow.
Sheikh Kamal was one of the pioneers of modern football in Bangladesh and also founderpresident of Abahani Krira Chakra.
He was martyred on August 15 in 1975 at the age of 26 while he was a Master's Degree (final year) examinee.
He used to play cricket in the first division for Azad Boys Club and Basketball too in the first division for Spurs Club.
Sheikh Kamal was also a foundermember of Dhaka Theatre and Spondon Shilpa Gousthi, a musical band of folk songs.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)