Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Sangstha (BNSS) organised a musical programme marking 113th birth anniversary of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library on May 29. General Secretary of BNSS Khairul Anam Shakil delivered welcome address while eminent Nazrul exponent and singer Sudhin Das and president of BNSS, Khalid Hossain, spoke at the event.
A number of renowned and promising artistes of BNSS performed an array of Nazrul Sangeet at the event. Artistes of BNSS set off the event with a rendition of “Jhor Jhonjhar Orey Nishan”. A solo dance presentation by Sharmila Bandyopadhyay followed.
The credit goes to the organisers of BNSS who successfully selected several accomplished Nazrul artistes for the soiree. Singer Bizon Chandra Mistry captivated the audience as he sang “Porodeshi Bodhua”. Artiste Mahmudul Hasan conjured a cloudy ambiance with the monsoon melody “Ajhor Dharaye Borsha Jhorey”.
Maksudur Rahman Mohit Khan rendered the Kajri styled “Shaon Ashilo Phirey”. The depth and vocal skills that Mohit showcased were remarkable. Young artistes of BNSS sang “Chandramallika”.
Renowned Nazrul Sangeet artistes -- Khairul Anam Shakil, Masuda Anam Kalpana, Suman Mazumder, Leena Tapashi Khan, Josef Kamol Rodriguez, Mohammad Mafizur Rahman, Rokhsana Hossain and Sharmin Sathi Islam also performed solo. Shakil's passionate rendition of the song “Chaitali Chandi Raat-e” was superbly melodic while Rodriguez's performance of the classic “Shaon Raat-e Jodi” was moving. Sharmin entertained the audience with the number “Elo Krishna Kanaiyya” while Rokhsana's performance of a Kabyageeti “Ogo Priyo Tabo Gaan” seemed to earn much applause.
Sanjay Kabiraj, Nasima Shaheen, Selina Hossain, Karim Hasan Khan, Swarna Nag, Panna Datta, Poojan Kumar Das, Bona Rani Halder, Afroza Khan Mita, Shabnam Shirin, Sazia Hossain Proiti, Tarok Chandra Natto and Ferdaus Zakaria were the other artistes who performed solo on the occasion.
A number of BNSS artistes performed a chorus -- “Desh Gauro Bijay Debraj” -- that wrapped up the soiree.
Swarup Hossain and Gautam Sarkar on tabla, Almas Ali on violin, Rajan on keyboard and Rashedul Hasan on octopad instrumentally assisted the singers.
Aminul Islam, Mymensingh
A cultural programme held to mark the national level birth anniversary celebrations of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam concluded on May 27 at Trishal.
The three-day celebration, was dominated by flamboyant cultural shows performed by 50 cultural groups of Mymensingh, Netrokona and Sirajganj.
On the concluding day, 20 cultural organisations performed choral renditions and dances. The artistes of Udaydigangan led by poet Rubina Azad took part in the poetry recitation session.
Nazrul artistes from Dhaka also performed on the concluding day.
The rendition of hundreds of popular classical and romantic Nazrul songs, made for a one of its kind celebration.
Amir Ahmed Chowdhury, convener of the cultural committee of the celebration said the organisers were happy with the large turnout at the event.
Abdul Motalab Lal, member secretary of the committee said that the cultural organisations from far flung places were happy to perform at the celebration.
Earlier, a discussion was held. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was the chief guest.
Poet Nurul Huda, Reza Ali, MP; Professor. M. Amanullah, MP; spoke on the occasion, among others. Deputy Commissioner Lokman Hossain Miah presided over the function.
The finance minister said that Nazrul was a symbol of independence and humanity. He had sacrificed his life to make for a non-communal and exploitation free society where every one could be assured of equal rights.
The minister also said, in the course of his 30 years as a writer, Nazrul wrote huge volumes including some 4,000 songs that enriched our literature manifold.
Zahangir Shah, Manikganj
Government Devendra College authority arranged a cultural function at its auditorium in Manikganj on Sunday to marking the birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
The function started with a chorus by the artists of Government Devendra College.
Senior singers and a child artiste rendered solo songs at the function.
Earlier, a discussion was also held at the auditorium.
Professor Nowroz Mohammad Sayeed, convener of the celebration committee, presided over the meeting. Professor Md. Intaz Uddin, principal and professor ASM Sirajul Haque, vice-principal of Government Devendra College, were the guests.
Among others, teachers of the college Ranjit Kumer Sarker,, Ajit Kumer
Mandal, Amar Chandra Das and Kudrat-E-Huda, Mustafizur Rahman Bipul, president and Kazi Raju Ahmed Bulbul, general secretary of the college unit of BCL, discussed on the life and works of the rebel Poet.
Rabiul Hasan, Chapainawabganj
Rabindra and Nazrul birth anniversaries were observed with much festivity on Saturday evening in Chapainawabganj town.
Marking the occasion, a medley of programmes including discussion and renditions of Rabindra and Nazrul Sangeet was held at Sadharan Pathagar premises in the town.
Chapainawabganj Sadharan Pathagar arranged the programme marking the 151st birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and the 113th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Advocate Saidul Islam, vice president of Chapainawabganj Sadharan Pathagar(CSP) presided over the programme.
Dr. Sujoy Sarkar, professor, Bengali Department of Rajshahi University; Professor Sultana Razia, principal of Chapainawabganj Government College and Shafiqul Alam Bhota, general secretary of CSP spoke at the programme.
The speakers on the occasion emphasised the need to delve deeper into the literature of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Speakers shared the view that Tagore and Nazrul enriched Bengali literature. While Tagore's words upheld humanity and soothed the soul, Nazrul's fiery words inspired the nation to confront tyranny and injustice.
The youth of the country need to study both poets' works extensively, the speakers added.
After the discussion, artistes of Uttarayan Sangaskritik Parishad performed Rabindra and Nazrul Sangeet.
Quamrul Islam Rubaiyat, Thakurgaon
Rabindra-Nazrul birth anniversary was observed on Friday at Thakurgaon Press Club auditorium in the municipality area.
Marking the occasion, the district unit of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi organised the programme which included a discussion and a vibrant cultural programme, sponsored by the Suprio Filling Station.
Local Udichi artistes began with renditions of choral songs.
Several artistes also recited poems of the two poets
Prior to the cultural programme a discussion was held at the same event.
Professor Dr. Md. Golam Kibria Mandal, principal of Thakurgaon Government College attended the programme as chief guest. Principal Abul Hossain Sarkar and Dr. Amir Ali Azad, spoke as special guests.
District unit general secretary of USG Zila Sangsad Kamon Kumar Roy delivered the welcome speech followed by a cultural programme.
The discussants said the Tagore and Nazrul had fought against injustice and repression to establish humanity in society. Their deep seated aspiration was also to promote communal harmony which was reflected in their writings.