Today is the 46th anniversary of the death of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Different government and socio-cultural organisations, television channels and radio stations have chalked out elaborate programmes marking the day.
The day’s programme will begin with placing of floral wreaths at the poet’s grave beside Dhaka University Central Mosque in the morning.
The cultural affairs ministry in association with Kabi Nazrul Institute and other departments and organisations under the ministry paid tributes to the poet by placing floral wreaths at the grave of Nazrul at about 7:00am.
Kabi Nazrul Institute, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, Chhayanaut, Dhaka University and others will pay tribute to Nazrul by organising different programmes.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting Nazrul’s life and works.
Kazi Nazrul Islam was born on 11 Jaistha of the Bangla calendar in 1306 (May 24 in 1899) at Churulia village in Asansol under Burdwan district of West Bengal in India.
He left school and joined a Churulia-based professional ‘leto’ troupe to earn his living at the age of nine. While working for the troupe, he was introduced to Bangla and Sanskrit literature. Although he resumed education a year later and got enrolled at Matharun English School, again he dropped out of the school in Class VI for poverty.
He joined the British Army in 1917 as a soldier. While serving there for two years and a half, the young poet was introduced to Persian literature and learned to play different instruments following notation.
Nazrul’s literary practice took a formal shape while serving as a soldier. His first poem Mukti, first story Bounduler Atmakahini, and a number of other writings such as Byathar Dan and Meher Nigar were published during that time.
He was jailed for one year for his political poem Anandamoyeer Agomone. While in prison, the poet wrote his masterpieces Aj Srishti Sukher Ullashe, Obhishap, Jater Namey Bajjati, Bhangar Gaan and Shikal Para Chhal.
Nazrul is particularly noted for his unique and unparalleled poem 'Bidrohi'.
In recognition of his contribution to Bangla literature, Dhaka University awarded him the honorary doctoral degree ‘D’Litt’ at a special convocation on December 9 in 1974. In 1976, the government granted him citizenship in Bangladesh and on February 21 awarded him the ‘Ekushey Padak’.
After the independence of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought poet Nazrul Islam to Dhaka from Kolkata along with his family and made arrangements for living with state honour in 1972.
The rebel poet died in Dhaka on August 27 in 1976. He was buried beside Dhaka University central mosque.