Sufia Kamal's death anniversary Sunday

Sufia Kamal’s death anniversary Sunday


Dhaka – The 17th death anniversary of legendary poet, political activist and torchbearer of women’s emancipation Sufia Kamal will be observed across the country on Sunday. Different social and cultural organisations have taken various programmes to observe the day.
Besides, Bongobandhu (sic) Sangskritik Jote, a cultural body, will place wreaths at the poet’s Azimpur grave at 9am.
Sufia Kamal was also instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall, after Begum Rokeya, who was her own inspiration.
During Bangladesh’s struggle for independence from Pakistan in 1971, she worked to help women hurt by the war.
She also worked with an organization to try to bring justice to those Pakistani officials whom the Bangladeshis considered war criminals.
Born on June 20, 1911, Sufia Kamal was awarded the Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1962), Lenin Centenary Jubilee Medal (1970) from the Soviet Union, Ekushey Padak (1976), Czechoslovakia Medal (1986), Jatyo Kabita Parishad Award (1995), Begum Rokeya Medal (1996), Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal (1996) and Independence Day Award (1997) for her works.
The poet died on November 20, 1999. – UNB


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