Jatiya Kabita Parishad yesterday urged the government to declare February 1 as National Poetry Day.
They made the call during a press conference at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University.
Reading out a written statement, the platform's General Secretary Tarik Sujat said the 33rd Jatiya Kabita Utshab (national poetry festival) will be held at Hakim Chattar near DU central library on February 1 and February 2.
The theme of this year's festival is “Desh-hara Manusher Sangramer Kabita” [Poems of the struggles of stateless people.]
“Every year, we organise this fest, which is regarded as the most prestigious poetry festival in the south-east Asian region. So, the government should take necessary steps so we can celebrate February 1 as 'National Poetry Day' every year,” he said.
Registration for participating poets at the festival started on January 1 at TSC, and will continue till January 31, from 4pm to 9pm.
Among others, the parishad's President Muhammad Samad, Aminur Rahman Sultan and Kazi Rosy were present at the press conference.
The national poetry festival, featuring poetry recitation, open discussions and seminars, was first held in 1989.