The 44th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed on Thursday.
Nazrul, a man who enriched Bengali literature and music with his extraordinary genius, is also revered as Bidrohi Kobi (a rebel poet) for his activism for political and social justice.The poet passed away on 12 Bhadra, 1383 Bangla (August 29, 1976) in Dhaka at the age of 77. He was buried with full state honour beside the Dhaka (DU) Central Mosque.
Different socio-cultural and political organisations observed the day with various programmes.
The observance of the day began with Qurankhwani after Fazr prayers at the DU Central Mosque adjacent to the grave of the National Poet.
Floral wreaths were placed at the grave of the national poet on behalf of President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Later, teachers, students, officers and employees of Dhaka University paid tribute to the poet led by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman.
An online discussion was also held on the campus marking the day. National Professor Md Rafiqul Islam addressed the discussion.Bangla Academy, Nazrul Institute, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Shilpakala Academy, Shishu Academy, Nazrul Academy and many other government and non-government institutions and cultural organisations placed floral wreaths at the grave of the rebel poet.
Political parties including Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jatiya Party, Communist Party of Bangladesh, National Awami Party, Workers Party of Bangladesh and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal paid tribute to Nazrul.
Kazi Nazrul Islam was born on 11 Jaistha of the Bangla calendar year 1306 (24 May, 1899) at Churulia village in Asansol subdivision of Burdwan district of West Bengal in the British India.