Tomorrow celebrations begin-Tribute to Nazrul
The first ever joint celebration programme by Bangladesh and India, marking the 113th birth anniversary of the national poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam, will begin tomorrow in Dhaka.
The two-day programme also marks the 90th anniversary of the publication of the poet’s epic poem ‘Bidrohi’ (The Rebel), said the organisers at a press conference held on Wednesday, at the PID’s conference room at the secretariat.
Cultural affairs minister Abul Kalam Azad, state minister for cultural affairs Pramod Mankin, cultural secretary Suraiya Begum, Nazrul Institute director Rashid Haidar, among others, spoke at the function.
The scheduled programme will begin in the morning by offering flower wreaths at the poet's grave, at Nazrul Complex of Dhaka University at 6:30am.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the celebration at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka at 10:00am. Salman Khurshid, law and justice and minority affairs minister of India, will be present as the guest of honour.
Nazrul exponent, professor Rafiqul Islam will present commemorative lecture on Nazrul.
Poet Kazi Abu Zafar Siddiqui will be bestowed with ‘Kazi Shabbyachachi Award’ for his immense contributions to reciting Nazrul poems.
The inauguration ceremony will be followed by a cultural show, featuring music renditions, recitations and dance, based on Nazrul poems, by leading artistes of both the countries.
Nrityalak Sangskritik Kendra will present a dance recital based on Nazrul’s poem ‘The Rebel’, choreographed by Kabirul Islam Ratan. Khairul Anam Shakil will present a Nazrul song. Artistes of Nazrul Institute will perform in chorus.
Moreover, Indian artistes Pradip Ghosh and Sushmita Goshswami will perform in the programme.
The evening session will be held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Discussion And Cultural Programme On Nazrul At Bangla Academy:
On the occasion of the 113th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangla Academy organised a speech and cultural programme at the Seminar Room of the academy on May 22. Shamsuzzaman Khan, director general of Bangla Academy, delivered the welcome speech at the programme.
Eminent singer and Nazrul Sangeet exponent Feroza Begum delivered the key speech on the 'rebel poet'. Professor Anisuzzaman, president of the academy, presided over the programme.
Shamsuzzaman Khan said, “Nazrul epitomises the spirit of revolution. Through his poetry, he fought against communalism, colonialism, exploitation and bigotry. He remains a source of inspiration in our daily lives.”
Feroza Begum said, “We should always remember the poet as a pure humanist. I was attracted to his mystic quality since childhood. I was born in a culturally oriented family where music had been practiced with great enthusiasm. Unexpectedly, I was introduced to him (Nazrul) in Calcutta (now Kolkata).
After my introduction to him, I got the opportunity to learn music from him. Nazrul had this innate ability to involve people with his music. During the Partition and when his sudden illness was detected, I was away from him but he was always on my mind. Nazrul's music always takes me to this divine, beautiful world. My life and Nazrul's songs have become one. We should take up the endeavour of generating mass interest in his literature, songs and philosophy.”