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Kazi Nazrul Islam’s 45th death anniv observed

Published : 27 Aug 2021 09:09 PM | Updated : 28 Aug 2021 01:13 AM

The 45th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed in a befitting manner on Friday (August 27). 

Kazi Nazrul Islam, popularly known as the Rebel Poet, was born in Churulia village of West Bengal in India on Jaishtha 11 in 1306 of the Bengali calendar (May 24 in 1899).

The poet breathed his last at the-then PG Hospital, now Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital Dhaka, on Bhadra 12 in 1383 (August 29 in 1976).

In accordance with a wish which was expressed in one of his poems, Kazi Nazrul was buried beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque. 

Different political parties, socio-cultural organisations and professional bodies observed his death anniversary through various programmes, including paying rich tributes to the poet by placing wreaths at his mausoleum. 

Poet’s granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi paid rich tributes with flowers on behalf of the poet’s family in the morning. Later, Cultural Affairs Ministry, Dhaka University, different halls of the university, Nazrul Institute, Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, Awami League, BNP and others paid homage to the poet by placing floral wreaths.

After paying tributes, Khilkhil Kazi talked to journalists. At the time, she said that even 45 years after his death, the works of Kazi Nazrul Islam were not translated into foreign languages. “His music and poetry are invaluable resources of Bengalis. However, the works have not been translated even today. Just placing flowers to his grave on his birth anniversary or death anniversary does not give him due respect. We have the responsibility to spread his work around the world. It is the responsibility of the state, it remains incomplete,” she added. 

Teachers, students, officers and employees of Dhaka University paid rich tributes to the poet. A discussion was held on the campus with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.  

Nazrul researcher and National Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam, DU Pro-VCs Prof Dr Muhammad Samad and Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamalm director of DU Nazrul Research Centre Prof Dr Soumitra Shekhor, and president of DU Teachers Association Prof Dr Md Rahmat Ullah addressed the discussion, among others.

In his speech, Prof Akhtaruzzaman called upon the people concerned, including Dhaka University Nazrul Research Center, to accelerate the regular practice and research activities on impeccable creations of Kazi Nazrul Islam. 

The DU VC said that Kazi Nazrul Islam is the source of endless inspiration. Its relevance in society and state life has always been there. The philosophy and consciousness of Kazi Nazrul, a poet of non-communal, humanitarian, equality and love, always inspires people of all classes. So, his consciousness and philosophy are eternal and immortal.

Bangla Academy also organised a discussion on the eventful life and creation of Kazi Nazrul Islam.  

Marking the 45th death anniversary of the poet, ruling Awami League paid tributes to the poet by placing wreaths at his at his mausoleum on Dhaka University campus.

AL leaders led by the party’s General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed the wreath. After paying homage, they also offered Fateha and joined a doa mahfil there.  

At the time, Obaidul Quader said, “Today’s oath is to uproot the poisonous tree of the communal force imbued with the humanitarian spirit of Kazi Nazrul Islam.”

Besides, Jubo League, Chhatra League, Swecchasebok League, Kirshak League, Mohila Awami League and other associate bodies of the ruling party also paid homage to the national poet.