The 45th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed on Friday in a befitting manner.
The day’s programmes began with Qurankhwani after Fazr prayers at the Dhaka University (DU) Central Mosque adjacent to the grave of Nazrul. Later, teachers, students, officials and employees of the university brought out a procession led by DU Vice-Chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman proceeded towards the grave of the poet at 7:15am.
Delegation of different political parties including Bangladesh Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, NAP, LDP, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party, various social and cultural organisations and the mass people also placed floral wreaths on the grave of Nazrul.
Special prayers (fateha) were also offered at the poet’s grave seeking eternal peace of his departed soul. To observed the day, Dhaka University arranged a virtual discussion at Professor Abdul Matin Chowdhury Virtual Classroom presided by VC Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman.
Renowned Nazrul expert and National Prof Dr Md Rafikul Islam, Pro-VC (Admin) Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Pro-Vice (Education) Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, DU Nazrul Research Centre Director Professor Dr Soumitro Shekhor Dey, Dhaka University Teachers’ Association President Prof Dr Md Rahmat Ullah and General Secretary Prof Dr Md Nizamul Haq Bhuiyan addressed the programme.
Bangla Department’s Chairman Prof Dr Syed Azizul Haque delivered the welcome speech at the event.
Besides, Bangla Academy, Nazrul Institute, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Chayanaut and many other socio-cultural organisations and professional bodies arranged different programmes marking the day.
Kazi Nazrul Islam was a poet, journalist, lyricist, composer, playwright, novelist and philosopher.
The nation took inspirations from his poems and songs during the Liberation War in 1971 and all democratic movements and struggles. After the independence of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought the poet to Dhaka from Kolkata along with his family.
Then, Bangabandhu provided a residence for the family of the poet in the capital’s Dhanmondi area.
He was awarded an Honourary D Litt by the University of Dhaka in 1974 and accorded citizenship and bestowed Ekushey Padak in 1976 by the Bangladesh government.
The poet breathed his last at the then PG Hospital, now Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital in the city, on Bhadra 12 of Bangla calendar year in 1383 (August 29, 1976).
In accordance with a wish which he had expressed in one of his songs, Nazrul was buried beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque.