Saturday, 28 January, 2023

Cultural arena observes Nazrul’s death anniversary today

Today is the 46th death anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.

The programmes will start in the morning with offering prayers at the grave of the poet on Dhaka University (DU) campus. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will also pay tribute to the legend.

Cultural organisation Chhayanaut has organised a programme ‘Nazrul Proyan Diboshe Chhayanaut er Nibedan’ at Chhayanaut  auditorium at 7:00pm. The programme will also stream live on Chhhyanaut’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Television channels will also air special programmes on the works and life of the rebel poet.

Bangladesh Television (BTV) will air a special drama ‘Boner Papiya’ at 6:45 pm. The play is scripted by Khairul Alam Sabuj from the original story of Kazi Nazrul. Khairul Alam Sabuj, Farhana Mili, Jairaj, Shireen Alam etc acted in various roles in the drama.

Also, a special poetry recitation programme ‘Chiro Unnata Momo Shir’ will be aired at 9:00am on the channel. A special programme ‘Khela Sesh Holo, Sesh Hoy Nai Bela’ will be aired at 10:10 am. A special musical show will be aired at 12:15 pm.

Channel i will air a special programme ‘Sorasori Nazrul’ at 11:00am. Bangla film ‘Priya Tumi Sukhi Hao’ will be telecast at 3:05pm.

Banglavision will telecast a special programme ‘Samyar Gaan Gai’ at 5:10pm today. Nazrul Sangeet artiste Fatema Tuz Zohra will be present as guest in the programme. The programme will be anchored by Shimul Mustafa. The programme is produced by Rafiqul Islam Farooqui.

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 at the age of 77. He was buried with full state honours beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque.