The 118th birth anniversary of Poet Jibanananda Das has been observed at his ancestral city Barisal with day long programs on Saturday.
Participants of the programmes demanded preservation, implementation of the Dhansiri River eco- park project and excavation of Dhansiri River, establishing museum, memorials and sculptures of the poet in places connected with his life, works and memories.They also stressed for more study and research on life, works, ideology and influence of the poet on Bangla language and literature.
On Saturday morning activists of Jatiya Kabita Parishad Barisal branch , a literary ogranisation, put floral tribute on the alter of the portrait of the poet at Poet Jibanananda memorial hall constructed at a part of his parental home on Kabi Jibanananda Das Sarak in the city.
Tapankar Chakraborty, Kazi Selina, Papia Jesmin, Partha Sarathi and Suvash Chandra Das of JKP attended at the programme of putting flower wrath at the portrait of the poet.
Besides a three-day long Jibanananda Mela ended on Saturday at Govt. B M College campus.
It was organized by Uttoron Sangskritik Sangathan of the college.
Discussion on life and achievement of the poet, his influence on Bangla language and literature, recitation of poems, essay writing and painting competition also held at the fair.
It was inaugurated on Thursday by Sahanara Abdullah, a cultural personality.
On Saturday first session of the closing day of the fair was presided over by Md. Shahed, vice president of Uttaron and Md. Habibur Rahman, deputy commissioner Barisal was chief guest.
“The paternal house of the poet was sold by his successors to others. However government after recovering that will open there a museum on life and achievement of the poet soon, because Jibanananda was asset of Bangla language, literature and country”, deputy commissioner of Barisal Md. Habibur Rahman said.
On the second session of the closing day was presided over by Prof. Shafikur Rahman Shikdar, principal of the college and prizes of essay and painting competition were distributed followed by discussion meeting and cultural function.