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12:00 AM, May 26, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 26, 2016


The neglected national poet

Preserve and promote his works

We as a nation honour ourselves by revering Kazi Nazrul Islam as our national poet. And why shouldn't we, considering his immense contribution to poetry, music and the spirit of nationalism? But have we done enough to uphold and propagate the works and memory of “one of the world's most morally provoking artists of the twentieth century"? 

There is very little research on his creative life and works. The Nazrul Research Centre at Dhaka University is suffering from inadequate funds and research facilities. Nazrul studies is also neglected in the national curriculums. Though there have been attempts to translate Nazrul's work into various languages Nazrul has yet to receive proper global exposure. The Kabi Bhaban, along with other memorials of the poet, is in a dire condition due to absence of routine renovation, maintenance and preservation efforts. 

Recently, a group of artists has made some specific demands in this regard. It includes repairing and enhancing the beauty of Nazrul memorials at Shahbagh's Birdem and Saarc Fountain and setting up nameplates citing Nazrul's verses at different important places in the capital. We fully endorse these suggestions, and hope the government will take necessary initiatives. There should also be conscious efforts by researchers, artistes and the media to introduce the audience to the variety and richness of Nazrul's creations. Nazrul's works and philosophy must be allowed to thrive, for they are part of our rich heritage to be handed down to future generations.

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