Bangla Academy commemorates poet Shamsur Rahman

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Bangla Academy president and National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman speaks during a Bangla Academy event commemorating poet Shamsur Rahman on the occasion of his 91st birth anniversary on 23 October. Photo: UNBThe 91st birth anniversary of country’s legendary poet Shamsur Rahman was observed on Wednesday. The poet was remembered through a reminiscing programme at Bangla Academy, reports UNB.

Arranged at the Academy’s Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall, the programme was jointly presented by Bangla Academy, Jatiya Kabita Parishad and Shamsur Rahman Smriti Parishad- and observed with presence of cultural personas along with friends and family members of Poet Shamsur Rahman.

The event was chaired by Bangla Academy president and National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman. Discussion and memorial lecture on Shamsur Rahman’s life and works was joined by historian Professor Syed Anwar Hossain, literature magazine ‘Kali O Kolom’ editor Abul Hasnat, Academy’s director general Habibullah Shiraji, poet Muhammad Nurul Huda and Jatiya Kabita Parishad’s president poet Muhammad Samad.

Poet’s son Faiyaz Rahman, daughter-in-law Tiya Rahman, professor Moniruzzaman, psychologist and writer Mohit Kamal, writer-journalist Nasimun Ara Haque, researcher Dr Israil Khan was present at the event, among others.

“Shamsur Rahman was a rebel against all odds, and always penned his poems profoundly with courage. He will be remembered with great honor till the end of Bengali literature for his remarkable creations”, said professor Anisuzzaman.

A banner is hung as part of preparations to celebrate the 91st birthday of poet Shamsur Rahman at Rabindra Chattar on the Bangla Academy premises, Dhaka. The programme was jointly organised by Bangla Academy, Jatiya Kobita Parishad and Shamsur Rahman Smriti Parishad on 23 October 2019. Photo: Shameem Reza

A grand mural of the poet was unveiled in front of the Academy’s Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall. A minute of silence was observed for the recently deceased writer-translator Arshad Aziz at the beginning of the event.

The poet was also remembered in this event through the reading and recitations of his poems. Robiul Hussain, Anowara Syed Haque, Kazi Rozy, Lily Haque, Shihab Sarkar, Faruk Mahmud, Hasan Hafiz, Rezauddin Stalin, Nahar Farid Khan, Piyash Majid and Hanif Khan read the poems while Rafiqul Islam, Layla Tarannum Chowdhury Kakoli, Foyzul Alam Pappu and Shahadat Hossain Nipu recited poems of the beloved poet.

Renowned singer Rafiqul Alam and Abida Rahman Setu presented songs from Shamsur Rahman’s poetry while Sahida Rahman Surovi presented a dance recitation.

The programme was jointly hosted by Bangla Academy’s deputy director and poet Dr Aminur Rahman Sultan, Shahadat Hossain Nipu and Jatiya Kabita Parishad’s general secretary and poet Tariq Sujat.

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