114th birth anniversary of the National Poet today

The 114th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be celebrated on Saturday in a befitting manner.The government and various socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
The programmes include placing of wreaths at the poet’s grave on the premises of Dhaka University Mosque, discussions, rallies and cultural functions.
Born on May 25 in 1899 at village Churulia in Burdwan district of West Bengal in India, Nazrul through his fiery poems had inspired the people to fight against injustice and repression of the colonial rule.
The fearless voice of the poet also earned him the wrath of the British rulers who had jailed him several times for igniting people’s desire for independence through his poems.
Nazrul’s songs and poems were also great sources of inspiration for the freedom fighters during the Liberation War in 1971.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia have issued separate message highlighting the colourful life of the poet and his contributions to Bengali language and literature.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said: “Nazrul was a bright star in Bengali language and literature. Nazrul had always remained vocal against injustice, oppression and superstitions.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message said: “Nazrul, a poet of equality, humanity, youth and rebellion, enriched Bengali language and literature through his writings.”
She said his poetry and songs inspired the people of the sub-continent in the anti-British movement as well as the freedom-loving people of Bangladesh in their struggle for independence from the oppressive rule of Pakistan.
Special programmes on Nazrul’s works, including his plays, poetry and songs, will be broadcast on TV channels and radio stations marking the national poet’s birthday.
Source: UNB Connect

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