Rabindra, Nazrul anniversary celebrated in S’pore

Staff Correspondent

4 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Rabindra, Nazrul anniversary celebrated in S’pore

A cultural function has been held in Singapore on the birth anniversary of Biswa Kabi (world poet) Rabindranath Tagore and National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Singapore Bangladesh Society arranged the function at NTU Alumni Club on Monday, said a press release of Bangladesh High Commission, Singapore. Prominent singers and poets of Bangladesh and West Bengal performed in the programme.

Centre for Fine Arts of the society also performed in the cultural section.

Bangladesh high commissioner to Singapore Mustafizur Rahman was present on the occasion.

He thanked the society to arrange the function.

Both Rabindra and Nazrul became legends through their writings and the Rabindra , Nazrul  Jayanti held to commemorate their contributions to the  Bengali Culture.

Born on May 7, 1861, Bangla 25th Baishakh in 1268, in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta, Rabindranath Tagore requires little introduction.

The poet, novelist, playwright, lyricist has been one of the those few influential figures who provided a definite shape and direction to Bengali literature.

A cultural icon, his work bears testimony to his immeasurable talent and his great foresight. It would not be too far-fetched to claim that the bard has written about every emotion that does exists.

In 1913, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work, Gitanjali.  The beauty of Tagore’s work lies in their undying relevance and their ability to speak to every individual at different age groups.

Tagore is for people of all ages.

 Two songs from his canon are now the national anthems of Bangladesh and India—Amar Sonar Bangla and Jana Gana Mana, respectively.

His verse, short stories, and novels, which often exhibited rhythmic lyricism, colloquial language, meditative naturalism, and philosophical contemplation, received global acclaim. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent, being highly commemorated in India and Bangladesh, as well as in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan.

Kazi Nazrul Islam, who later became known as the Rebel Poet, was born on 25 May 1899. He influenced the literary world of Bangladesh with his poetry, music, philosophies and revolutionary views.

Nazrul wrote poetry of love and freedom, but also condemned oppression and bigotry through his writings. His vision for both India and Bangladesh increased his popularity in both countries, being named the National Poet of Bangladesh and being remembered and honored fondly in India. Kazi Nazrul Islam breathed his last in Dhaka on 29 August in 1976 at the age of 77.