The 119th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was celebrated through various programmes across the country on Friday.
The government chalked up elaborate programmes to celebrate the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Public and private universities and other educational institutions marked the day through holding rallies, discussions and musical programmes.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs arranged various programmes in Dhaka, Cumilla, Chattogram and the poet’s memorable place of Trishal in Mymensingh.
President Abdul Hamid inaugurated a two-day programme at Trishal.
People from all strata of life as well as the Ministry of Cultural Affairs placed wreaths at the poet’s grave on the Dhaka University campus in the morning.
At Trishal, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu and Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman joined the inaugural session.
Begum Simin Hossain Rimi, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, presided over the programme.
Nazrul Institute and Shilpakala Academy organised discussions and cultural functions marking the day.
Bangla Academy also arranged a discussion at its Poet Shamsur Rahman seminar room on Thursday. Professor Mohammad Abdul Quaiyum chaired the occasion.
Besides, Dhaka University celebrated the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam in the befitting manner.
To mark the day, the DU authorities chalked up elaborate programmes, including rally, cultural events and discussions.
Teachers, students and officials placed wreaths at Nazrul’s graveyard on the DU premises.
After paying tribute, a commemorate meeting was held in the shrine compound with DU treasurer Prof Md Kamal Uddin in the chair.
Among others, director of DU Nazrul Research Center Prof Dr Begum Akther Kamal, eminent Prof of social welfare and research institute Muhammad Samad, Prof of Bangla Department Soumitra Shekhar and proctor AKM Golam Rabbani spoke on the occasion.
Teachers and students of the music department led by its head Mohsina Akhtar Khanam performed songs.
The Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar as well as private television channels aired special programmes and songs of Nazrul on his birth anniversary.
The print media, including the daily sun, published special articles on the national poet.
Widely known as rebel poet, Nazrul was born on 11th Jaistha in 1306 at Churulia near Asansol in Burdwan district of West Bengal.
A polymath, poet, lyricist, composer, revolutionary, editor and journalist, Nazrul sang for freedom, equality and love.
The nation got inspiration from his poems and songs during Bangladesh’s Liberation War against Pakistan in 1971.
In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and wished success of all the programmes chalked up marking the poet’s birth anniversary across the country.