Artistes perform a chorus. Photo: Saurav Dey
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshti paid homage to Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Sukanta Bhattacharya at a programme on Saturday afternoon. Dhaka Mohanagar Unit of Udichi arranged the programme at the National Music and Dance Centre auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The event began with the choral rendition of songs written by the three poets. Tagore's “Ekla Cholo Re” followed by Nazrul's “Karar Oi Louho Kopat” and Sukanta's “He Mohajibon” set the mood of the evening.
(L-R) Dr Moniruzzaman, Kamal Lohani, Kazi Mohammad Shish, Dr. Ratan Siddique and Dr. Taha Yasin at the programme.
Later, a discussion was held with Kamal Lohani, eminent journalist and President of Udichi Central Committee; Dr. Moniruzzaman; Dr. Taha Yasin, Nazrul exponent and Dr. Ratan Siddique, Udichi Central Committee vice president. President of Udichi Mohanogor Sangshad, Kazi Mohammad Shish presided over the discussion.
Dr. Moniruzzaman explained how Rabindranath created a distinct style in his songs, and thus ushered in a new era of Bangla songs.
Dr. Taha Yasin described how Nazrul created literary masterpieces, and related the tales of common people. He discussed various aspects of Nazrul's personal life and his views on society and politics. He also focused on the poet's relevance in the contemporary socio-political scenario.
Dr. Ratan Siddique discussed Sukanta Bhattacharya's social and political ideologies. He shed light on how the poet proved that literature, culture and politics are interrelated. Sukanta raised his voice for common people and was an observer of the minutest details of life, he continued.
Kamal Lohani discussed the three poets' contributions to our socio-cultural scenario. He amplified on how the three poets fuelled our struggle for freedom and how their verses still inspire us to forge ahead. “Tagore influenced our nationalism. During the pre-liberation era cultural organisations had to face obstacles in featuring Rabindranath as the Pakistan Government held that Tagore was not a part of our culture. But we carried on and still we take inspiration from him.”
“Nazrul was a voice against oppression. His songs guided us. There should be no debate surrounding Rabindranath and Nazrul. Both of them are an indispensable part of our culture and literature,” he continued. “Sukanta taught us to raise our heads high. He tried to spread the fire of communism among the society as he was tremendously inspired by Soviet Revolution,” he added.
Kamal Lohani said “Udichi has been celebrating the birth anniversaries of these three poets for long. The organisation will continue to celebrate these three poets together.”
Later, a cultural programme was held with the participation of members of Udichi, where the three poets were celebrated through music, dance and recitation.