The first death anniversary of prominent modern poet of Bangla literature Shahid Qadri observed on Monday.
On this day in 2016, the poet breathed his last due to old age complications at a hospital in New York in the United States of America (USA) at the age of 74.
At the initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Qadri's body was brought to Dhaka. And he was laid to eternal rest at Mirpur Intellectuals' Graveyard in the city.Qadri was born at Park Circus in Kolkata in 1942. He moved to Dhaka in 1952 when he was 10 years old.
Later, he started his life in exile from 1980. He lived in Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA. He was living for about three decades in the USA until his death. Qadri, however, was active in writing in his exile life.
At the age of fourteen, Qadri's first poem was published in a publication, edited by Buddhadeb Bosu, who was also a major poet of the 30's.
Qadri, considered as one of the prominent poets of post 1947 Bengali poetry, brought a new angle to the Bangladeshi scene by introducing urbanism and a sense of modernity.
His poetry is imbued with patriotism, cosmopolitanism and universalism and in its treatment of nature and urban life and our history of struggle.
Qadri's books of poem include "Uttoradhikar", "Tomake Obhibadon Priyotoma", "Prem Biraha Bhalobasar Kabita", "Kothao Kono Krondon Nei" and "Amar Chumbongulo Poucchey Dao".
For his tremendous contributions to poem literature, Qadri was awarded Bangla Academy Award in 1973.
The poet was awarded the Ekushey Padak, the highest national award of Bangladesh, in the category of Language and Literature, in 2011.