The nation on Tuesday observed 122nd birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam through various programmes on a limited scale due to coronavirus pandemic.
Like the previous year, there was no public function because of the pandemic and ongoing countrywide restrictions imposed by the government.Marking the day, the ruling Awami League and associate bodies and other socio-cultural organisation observed the day in a befitting manner.
On the occasion, AL paid tributes to the National Poet by placing wreaths at his grave on the premises of Dhaka University central mosque.
AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader along with the party’s central leaders placed wreaths at the poet’s mausoleum.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, AL’s associate bodies including Bangladesh Chhatra League, Jubo League, Swechchhasebak League, delegation of different political parties, family members of the poet, activists of different social and cultural organisations and people from all walks of life placed wreaths on the grave of poet.
Dhaka University, Bangla Academy, Nazrul Institute, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Chayanaut and many other socio-cultural organisations arranged special programmes in a limited scale marking the day.
Most of these programmes were held virtually to maintain social distancing and following other health guidelines.Bangladesh Television and other private television channels and Bangladesh Betar and FM radio stations aired special programmes.
Newspapers also published special contents, highlighting the life and works of the national poet.
The great poet was born on May 25, 1899 at Churulia village in Burdwan district of West Bengal in undivided India.
His fiery poems had made him a rebel poet and encouraged the subjugated mass people to fight against repression and injustice of the British colonial rule.
The nation got inspirations from his poems and songs during the Liberation War and all democratic movements and struggles.
In his short artistic career of just 20 years, he penned 3,174 songs, 600 poems, three novels and 43 essays.
After the country’s independence in 1972, Nazrul was declared as the national poet of Bangladesh. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought the ailing poet with due honour to Bangladesh. Nazrul died in Dhaka on August 29 in 1976.