The 45th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is observing today. To mark the day different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes.
The programmes will start in the morning with offering prayers at the grave of the poet on Dhaka University (DU) campus.
Cultural organisation Chhayanaut Bangladesh has organised a programme titled ‘Milone Birohe Nazrul’. The programme will stream live on Chhhyanaut Facebook page and YouTube channel from 09:00pm today.
Besides, different satellite television channels will air an array of quality programmes all along the day.
Bangladesh Television (BTV) will air a special drama titled ‘Alta Ranga’ at 09:00pm today. Based on Kazi Nazrul’s poem ‘Alta Smriti’ Al Mansur has made the drama. Produced by Mahfuza Akhter, the play stars Evon, Labonno, Ramij Raju, Kaderi, Motahar, Rina Rahman, Moniruzzaman Monir, Gazi Rokon and others.
Channel i will air different programmes to mark the National Poet’s death anniversary. The channel will air ‘Priya Tumi Shukhi Hou’, a movie based on Kazi Nazrul’s Novel Atripto Kamona at 03:05pm. Directed by Gitali Hasan the film stars Shohel Rana, Shuchorita, Ferdous, Shaila Shabi and others.
Solo music programme ‘Dola Lagilo Dokhin Bone’ will be aired on the channel at 08:30pm. Anchored by Eijaz Khan Swapan, noted Nazrul singer Ferdous Ara will perform songs at the programme.
‘Badol Borishane’, a drama will be aired on Rtv at 05:30pm. Written by Zinat Hossain and directed by Koushik Shankar Das, Chanchal Chowdhury and Farhana Mili will play lead roles in the play.
Special drama ‘Govir Nishithe’ will be aired on Ntv at 09:30pm. Written by Pantho Shahriar and directed by Nayem Imtiaz Neamul, Azmeri Haque Badho, Intekhab Dinar, Kazi Ujjal, Mahmudul Islam Mitu and others will be seen acting in the play.
A special programme on Nazrul songs will be aired on Boishakhi TV at 08:20am. Singers Shahin Samad, Nashid Kamal, Putul, Yousuf, Ahmed Khan and Priyanka Gope will perform at the programme.
Duronto TV will telecast a special dramas ‘Shikari’ at 5:30pm today. Based on rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’ ‘Ponditmoshayer Baghroshikar’, Nahid Ahmed has directed the drama. Actors Shahiduzzaman Selim, Rahmat Ali, M. S. Shirazi, Aporupa, Parvin Kona, Zahin and others have played in different characters in this drama.
Kazi Nazrul Islam, popularly known as the Rebel Poet, was born in Churulia village of West Bengal, India, on May 24 in 1899, corresponding to Jaishtha 11 in 1306, of the Bengali calendar.
Nazrul was a poet, writer, musician, and revolutionary. He is the National Poet of Bangladesh. Widely known as Nazrul, his poetry and music espoused Indo-Islamic renaissance and intense spiritual rebellion against fascism and oppression.
Nazrul’s impassioned activism for political and social justice earned him the title of ‘The Rebel Poet’. His compositions form the avant-garde genre of Nazrul Sangeet.
Nazrul’s writings explore themes such as love, freedom, and revolution; he opposed all bigotry, including religious and gender. Throughout his career, Nazrul wrote short stories, novels, and essays but is best known for his poems, in which he pioneered new forms such as Bengali ghazals.
Nazrul wrote and composed music for his nearly 4,000 songs (including gramophone records), collectively known as Nazrul geeti (Songs of Nazrul), which are widely popular today.
In 1942 at the age of 43 he began suffering from an unknown disease, losing his voice and memory.
He was brought to the newborn independent country, Bangladesh, from India on May 24, 1972.
To recognise his contribution to Bangla literature and culture, Dhaka University awarded the poet the honorary D.Lit degree at a special convocation on December 9, 1974.
Nazrul was given the citizenship by the then government in January 1976. He was awarded the prestigious Ekushey Padak the same year.
Kazi Nazrul Islam breathed his last in Dhaka on 12th Bhadra of Bangla calendar in 1383 (August 29, 1976) at the age of 77. He was buried with full state honours beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque.