National poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s 43rd anniversary of death was observed by various cultural organisations on Tuesday in the capital.
Representatives of various organisations placed floral wreaths at the poet’s grave on Dhaka University Mosque premises in the morning. Besides, Kobi Nazrul Institute and Bangla Academy arranged cultural shows in the afternoon.
Family members of the poet along with cultural organisations like Kobi Nazrul Institute, Nazrul Academy, Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka University, Bangladesh National Museum and others placed floral wreaths at the poet’s grave.
Nazrul Institute held a commemorative programme on Nazrul at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum. The event featured discussion, recitation and songs.
National professor and Kobi Nazrul Institute trustee board chairman Rafiqul Islam presided over the event.
Rabindra University vice chancellor professor Biswajit Ghosh was present as the chief guest at the event, while former Kobi Nazrul Institute executive director poet Muhammad Nurul Huda was present as a discussant.
Following which, a vibrant cultural show was held where renowned Nazrul singers rendered popular songs of the national poet and recitation artistes recited Nazrul’s popular poems.
In solos, singer Ferdous Ara rendered Keno bajao banshi kalo shashi mridu madhur taney, Jhorna Chakraborty sang Kotha kow kow kotha thakio na chup kori, Yakub Ali Khan rendered Tumi aamay bhalobasho taito ami kobi.
Dhaka University Sanskrit department professor Niranjan Adhikari recited Nazrul’s poems like Kandari Hushiar and Kobirani.
A total of thirty artistes of Kobi Nazrul Institute, led by Nazrul singer Salauddin Ahmed, rendered chorus songs like Jago amrita piya chira atta, Ghumiye gechhe shranta hoye amar gaaner bulbuli and Mrityu nai dukkho nai.
Bangla Academy held a discussion and cultural show marking the day at its Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall.
Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste Ashraful Alam commenced the event reciting Nazrul’s popular poem Daridra to the delight of the audience.
Following which, Tanveer Alam Shawjeeb rendered Nazrul songs like Paradeshi megh jao rey phirey, Srijana chandey anandey nacho hey notoraj, Hey priyo amarey debo na bhulitey and Masjideri pashey amay kobor dio bhai.
Following the cultural show, a discussion was held at the venue.
Writer-researcher Professor Mohit Ul Alam delivered a solo lecture while national professor Anisuzzaman presided over the event.
Bangla Academy acting director general Anwar Hossain gave welcome speech on the occasion.