44th death anniversary of National Poet today
Published: 11:17 AM, 27 August 2020 Updated: 04:49 PM, 27 August 2020
National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam
Today is 27th August, the 44th death anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The poet breathed his last at the then PG Hospital, now Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, in the city on the same day (August 27 i.e.12 Bhadra of Bangla calendar year) in the month of mourning in 1976, one year after the August tragedy in 1975.
The poet was buried with state honor beside the Dhaka University central mosque.
The 44th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being observed in the country in a befitting manner.
Different political parties, socio-cultural and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programs to observe the day.
Marking the day, the ruling Awami League will observe the day with various programs. The party have placed a wreath at the poet’s grave and offered a fateha and doa at 9am today.
AL central leaders as well as presidents and secretaries of Dhaka city south and north units and its associate bodies will join the program, maintaining social distancing.
Dhaka University (DU) teachers, students, officers and employees of the university led by Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Aktaruzzaman, have placed a wreath at the grave of the poet with a procession at 7.15am on Thursday on the campus and offered fateha there.
Later, a virtual discussion was held at the Professor Abdul Matin Chowdhury Virtual Classroom at 10.30am on the day with DU VC in the chair. National Professor Dr Md Rafiqul Islam has addressed the discussion.
Besides, Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television, and other private television channels and radio stations are airing special programs, while the national dailies have published special supplements.
Although known as a rebellious poet in Bengali literature, Nazrul was simultaneously a poet, musician, novelist, storyteller, playwright, essayist, journalist, filmmaker, singer and actor. He has created a variety of melodies and has made the world of Bengali music a place of dignity.
Kazi Nazrul was a poet, lyricist, musician and philosopher.
The nation got inspirations from Nazrul’s poems and songs during the great 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 NazrulSangeet.
Nazrul's poetry, songs and literary works created a renaissance in Bengali literature. He was a pioneer writer of secular consciousness. His writings played a major role in the development of non-communal spirit in national life. His poems and songs have been showing people the path of liberation from exploitation and deprivation for ages.
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 honor.
Bangabandhu also provided a residence for the family of the poet in the city’s Dhanmondi.