Poet Sufia Kamal`s 111th birth anniversary today ...

Poet Sufia Kamal`s 111th birth anniversary today 

 Staff Correspondent   daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:24 PM, 20 June 2022  

Begum Sufia Kamal

Begum Sufia Kamal

The 111th birth anniversary of poet Begum Sufia Kamal, who was one of the pioneers of all progressive, democratic and women emancipation movements in Bangladesh,  is being observed on Monday (June 20). 

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the memory of the poet on the occasion. They also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of Sufia Kamal in separate messages issued on the eve of the day. 

Born on June 20, 1911, in an aristocratic and decent family, known as the Nabab family of Shayestabad in Barishal, Begum Sufia Kamal dedicated her whole life to the promotion of women liberty, progressive thinking and non-communal politics. 

She was an activist of the historic Language Movement in 1952 and also played a significant role in the Great War of Liberation. 

She was also an excellent organizer. In 1956, she organized "Kochi-Kachar Mela", a platform for the children, and organized the Bangladesh Mohila Parishad in 1970. 

Begum Sufia Kamal died in Dhaka on November 20 in 1999 and was buried at Azimpur Graveyard with full state honour. 

She won more than 50 awards for her contributions to the literature including "Ekushey Padak", "Swadhinata Dibash Padak", "Bangla Academy Padak", "Soviet Lenin Award", "Begum Rokeya Padak", and "Jatiya Kobita Porishad Award".