Dhaka, Aug 26 – The 44th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed in the country on Thursday in a befitting manner. On August 27 (12 Bhadra of Bangla calendar year) in 1976, the poet breathed his last at the then PG Hospital, now Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, in the city.
The poet was buried with state honour beside the Dhaka University central mosque.
Different political parties, socio-cultural and professional bodies have taken up elaborate programmes to observe the day.
Marking the day, the ruling Awami League will place a wreath at the poet’s grave and offer a fateha and doa here at 9 am tomorrow.
Led by Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Aktaruzzaman, teachers, students, officers and employees of the university will place a wreath at the grave of poet with a procession at 7.15 am on the campus and offer fateha there.
Later, a virtual discussion will be held at the Professor Abdul Matin Chowdhury Virtual Classroom at 10.30 am on the day with DU VC in the chair. National Professor Dr Md Rafiqul Islam will address the discussion.
Besides, Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television, and other private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes, while the national dailies will publish special supplements.
Kazi Nazrul was a poet, lyricist, musician and philosopher.
The nation got inspirations from Nazrul’s poems and songs during the great Liberation War in 1971 and all other democratic movements and struggles.
Nazrul wrote nearly 3,000 songs and composed many of them which are known as Nazrul-Geeti or NazrulSangeet.
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.
Bangabandhu also provided a residence for the family of the poet in the city’s Dhanmondi. – Agency