The 46th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed in the country on Saturday in a befitting manner.
To observe the day, different political parties, socio-cultural and professional organisations took elaborate programmes throughout the day.
The Dhaka University authorities also placed floral wreaths at the grave of the great poet, with a rally led by DU Vice Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman. Bangladesh Awami League arranged a special prayer at the graveyard of Kazi Nazrul at 9:00am.
In honour of the poet, BNP leaders and activists also paid floral wreath at his graveyard in the morning. Kabi Nazrul Institute organised a special seminar and cultural programme at Rabindra Sorobor in the capital’s Dhanmondi area at 5:00pm while the cultural institution Chhayanaut organised a special cultural programme at its auditorium in Dhanmondi at 7:00pm.
Marking the death anniversary of poet, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and Hospital (BSMMU) lifted the curtain of the Nazrul Memorial Cabin at its B Block’s cabin No 117, the room where the poet spent his last days, at the capital’s Shahbagh.
Besides, Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar and others private television channels and radio stations broadcasted special programmes commemorating the life and works of the national poet.
Known for his iconoclastic and majestic literary creations, Kazi Nazrul was born in Churulia village of Burdwan in the Indian state of West Bengal in 1899.
The poet was buried with state honour beside the Dhaka University central mosque.
The nation got inspirations from Nazrul's poems and songs during the Liberation War in 1971 and all other democratic movements and struggles.
Nazrul wrote nearly 3,000 songs and composed many of them which are known as Nazrul-Geeti or Nazrul Sangeet.
After the independence of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought poet Nazrul Islam to Dhaka from Kolkata along with his family and made arrangements for living with state honour.
Bangabandhu also provided a residence for the family of the poet in the city's Dhanmondi.
People from all walks of life pay homage to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam by placing wreaths at his grave on the Dhaka University’s Central Mosque premises in the capital on Saturday, marking the 46th death anniversary of the rebel poet.
1. On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 2. The DU VC and 3. Family members of the National Poet. —SUN PHOTO