The 33rd National Poetry Festival-2019 began at Dhaka University’s (DU) Hakim Chattar with the slogan ‘Bangali’s victory is the victory of poem’ on Friday.
The two-day long festival formally began by placing wreaths at the graveyard of National poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Patua Kamrul Hasan and at central Shaheed Minar. About 20 poets from seven countries and many of Bangladeshi poets attended the two days long festival.
Jatiyo Kabita Utsab presidium member eminent poet Asad Chowdhury inaugurated the festival organised by Jatiyo Kobita Parishad. Its president Dr Mohammad Samad presided over the inaugural event.
This time the festival was dedicated to martyred student leaders –Amanullah Mohammad Asaduzzaman popularly known as ‘Shaheed Asad’, Shaheed Sergeant Zahurul Haq, Shaheed Dr Shamsuzzoha and Shaheed Motiur Rahman. Poets from India, Turkey, the UK, China, Sri Lanka, Spain, Uruguay, Congo and Nepal are participating in the festival. Apart from this, a number of local poets are participating in the event with their poems.
Assad Chowdhury said, “National poetry council came with a view to establish human values against military dictatorship while the country was facing huge political crisis.
Anti-Communal national poetry council wants to say that the victory of the poems is the victory of Bangladesh.”
Tarique Sujat said, “Bengalese heroism alive for thousands years as Poet’s pen alive.”
Terming the victory of Awami League in 2018 polls, DU Pro VC Prof Dr. Mohammad Samad said, “It is high time for us to take promise so that anti-liberation forces can never uphold their head”.