Abu Zafar Obaidullah Smrity Parishad yesterday organised a memorial programme to observe the 18th death anniversary of renowned modern poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah, at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.
National Professor Anisuzzaman graced the event as chief guest while renowned poets Asad Chowdhury and architect Rabiul Hussain were special guests. Lawmaker Rashed Khan Menon, the poet's brother, spoke on behalf of the family. Eminent thespian Nasiruddin Yousuff hosted the programme, presided over by Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji.
“Abu Zafar Obaidullah is great poet of Bangla Literature and I hope the forthcoming generations will remember him accordingly,” said Professor Anisuzzaman in his speech analyzing his poetic brilliance. The chief guest concluded his speech with reciting one of the poems “Ami Bhalobasha Cheyechhilam” by the poet.
Poet Asad Chowdhury elaborated on Obaidullah's poetic genius with precise excerpts and allusions while Rabiul Hussain termed him a pioneering organiser of poetry and poets.
Elocutionist Hasan Arif recited the poet's timeless poem “Ami Kingbodontir Kotha Bolchhi”. Noted singer Mohiuzzaman Chowdhury Moyna rendered a song set to tune from an Abu Zafar Obaidullah's poem “Kono Ek Ma Ke”.
Abu Zafar Obaidullah was a prominent figure of the Language Movement and played a seminal role in Bangladesh's literature and culture.
In his poetry, Obaidullah spoke of the joys and sorrows, struggles and lives of rural people. The imagery and legends of Bengal were beautifully depicted in his poems. He was awarded with Ekushey Padak and Bangla Academy Award for his outstanding contributions to Bangla literature. He breathed his last on March 19, 2001.