Bangla Academy organised a programme on the 43rd death anniversary of our National Poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam at the Kobi Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall. Early in the morning, Bangla Academy placed floral bouquets at his tomb, and later in the evening, the programme commenced.
Kazi Nazrul Islam is revered as the Bidrohi Kobi (rebellious poet) for his strong stance against social injustice. During his lifetime, he produced a rich body of poetry and music with varying themes, including spiritual and religious devotion, along with rebellion against oppression. His numerous contributions truly helped ornate Bangladeshi culture and heritage. Apart from his musical and lyrical aptitude, Kazi Nazrul Islam also wrote many plays and directed them as well. He breathed his last at the age of 77, and was laid to rest beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque.
Elocutionist Ashraful Alam took to the dais to present his recitation of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s powerful words. Following his presentation, Tanveer Alam Shawjeeb, along with various musicians, presented Nazrul Sangeet that had the audience swaying to the melody.
A discussion session followed after the performance. The topic of discussion was ‘Nazruler Bidroho : Rajniti, Orthoniti o Dhormo’ (Nazrul’s Rebellion : Politics, Economics and Religion).
Md Anwar Hossain, Secretary, Bangla Academy, delivered the welcome speech at the event. Professor Mohit Ul Alam was the keynote speaker, while eminent Professor Anisuzzaman chaired the event.
The speakers all emphasised on the unparalleled literary works of our National Poet. They also highlighted the fact that nurturing his poetry and music is not sufficient to keep his legacy alive, and that we, as a nation, should also give more importance to his philosophy and way of life.