The two-day cultural programme marking the 98th birth anniversary of folk poet Abdul Hai Mashreki concluded at the National Music and Dance auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on April 23.
The event was organised by Lokokabi Abdul Hai Mashreki Research Centre.
On the final day of the programme Dr Mizanur Rahman, vice-chancellor of Jagannath University was present as chief guest.
Presided over by the Dr Afsaruzzaman, Shamim Mashreki, son of Abdul Hye Mashreki delivered the welcome speech at the event.
On the opening day the Poet Abdul Hye Mashreki Gold Medal was handed over to the cultural personalities including Dr Aminur Rahman Sultan, painter Nazma Akter, poet Mosharrof Hossain Bhuiyan, additional secretary MA Mannan, UNO Rajib Kumar Sardar, organiser Mozammel Haque.
Alongside posthumous awardees- vocal maestro Abdul Alim and folk poet Mohammad Nasir.
Creative performances were also staged towards the end of the day with songs, stories by Abdul Hai Mashreki.
Songs by the poet were rendered by artistes of radio and TV station while theatre troupe “Natyajoddha” performed the story of “Bashi” written by Mashreki.
Actor-Director Shankar Shaojal, folk-poet Ferdous Hasan Bhuiyan, poet Akram Hossain along with Dr Aminur Rahman Sultan, deputy director of Bangla Academy and Mohammad Zakir Hossain, joint chief of Planning at the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges were present as discussants at the event.
Dr Mizanur Rahman said, “Mashreki heralded secular spirit and opposed intolerance. But his liberal outlook for humanity in general also stood against import of negative culture.
He not only writes folk-poetries and songs, but also modern poems, songs, stories and dance-dramas”, he added.
Earlier the festival was inaugurated by Tarana Halim, state minister of Post and Telecommunications Division under the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology.
On the first day lifetime achievement awards were handed over to Shankar Shaojal, elocutionist Bhaswar Bandyopadhyay, lyricist Fazle-Khuda, folk-song researcher Rafiqul Haq Jhantu and poet Ashim Saha.