The 40th death anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed on Saturday with due respects.
Nazrul, popularly known as Bidrohi Kabi (rebel poet), through his powerful poems had inspired the people to fight against all kinds of odds and injustice and repression during the colonial rule.
Different socio-cultural and political organisations chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
The programmes started with Qurankhwani after Fazr prayers at Dhaka University (DU) central mosque. Later, teachers and students of the university placed wreaths at the grave of the national poet at 7:15 am.
Besides, special prayers were offered at the poet's grave and a discussion was held there where DU Vice-chancellor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique was present. Different socio-cultural organisations, including Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), placed wreaths at the grave of the poet in the morning.
In the evening, BSA arranged a discussion and cultural programme where Cultural Affairs Secretary Aktari Mamtaz was present as the chief guest. Bangla Academy organised a solo-lecture session followed by a cultural show at its Poet Shamsur Rahman auditorium in the afternoon.
Kazi Nazrul Islam was born on May 24 in 1899 at Churulia village in Asansol subdivision of Burdwan district of West Bengal, India.