The 122nd birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam being observed on Tuesday in a befitting manner.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages, paid rich tributes to the memory of the poet on the occasion of his 122nd birth anniversary.
The cultural affairs ministry, Dhaka University (DU), and cultural organization “Mukto Asar” have taken separate programs to celebrate the birth anniversary of the national poet on a limited scale due to corona pandemic.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid and DU VC Prof Dr MD Akhtaruzzaman placed a floral wreath at the shrine of Kazi Nazrul Islam on DU campus on Tuesday morning.
In separate messages, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of the national poet.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said Nazrul Islam is a time-winning poet in Bangla language and literature.
Poet Kazi Nazrul was vocal against injustice and wherever injustice took place, his pen became a sword against it as a protest, he added.
“From his writings, we got inspiration for every democratic movement, including anti-British movement, language movement, mass uprising of 1969 and the great War of Liberation in 1971 of Bengalis,” said the President.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Nazrul’s lifelong pursuit was economic and political emancipation of the oppressed people of the society and the recognition of the social status of the people.
In his literary works, the message of struggle against subjugation, communalism, and imperialism has been uttered, she said, adding that the ideologies of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the national poet are the continuation of the same philosophy.
Nazrul was brought to Bangladesh in 1972 at the initiative of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said, adding that he was later given the citizenship of Bangladesh and the status of National Poet of Bangladesh.