Kazi Nazrul Islam

Kazi Nazrul Islam and “World Literature”: Some Questions and Concerns

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) has been customarily characterized as a rebel poet, particularly, if not exclusively, because of his 1922 poem called “Bidrohi” (the Rebel)—a poem that fiercely stages his political, linguistic, even metrical rebellion all at once.

July 20, 2022
July 20, 2022

Officially acknowledge Nazrul as National Poet: HC to govt

The High Court today (July 20, 2022) issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the government to explain why they should not be directed to issue a gazette notification, officially declaring Kazi Nazrul Islam as “National Poet of Bangladesh”.

May 28, 2022
May 28, 2022

Kazi Nazrul Islam and “World Literature”: Some Questions and Concerns

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) has been customarily characterized as a rebel poet, particularly, if not exclusively, because of his 1922 poem called “Bidrohi” (the Rebel)—a poem that fiercely stages his political, linguistic, even metrical rebellion all at once.

May 25, 2022
May 25, 2022

The poet’s last abode

It has been 50 years today since an independent Bangladesh got its national poet.

May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022

The Islamic strain in Kazi Nazrul Islam

Nazrul’s iconic poem uses both Islamic lore as well as Hindu myths to rebel against all that dehumanises and discriminates against human beings.

May 22, 2022
May 22, 2022

Bohemian tales of the rebel poet

From Churulia, Bardhaman to Dhanmondi, Dhaka. And so many places in between - College Street, Taltola Lane, CIT Road. And of course Kolkata, dear city. During his lifetime, the bohemian poet Kazi Nazrul Islam wandered and dwelled in many places. On his birthday, we look at those towns, cities, and localities bearing his memories.

September 2, 2021
September 2, 2021

Radio, ghazals, and “Islami gaan”: What Nazrul’s shift to music said about his syncretism

The adoption of the ghazal by Nazrul, with renewed fervour in the late ’20s and ’30s, signaled an understanding that his earlier literary and linguistic world was an impermanent one, as was a politics in which the unity of Hindus and Muslims was achieved through an appeal to a shared culture and language.

August 27, 2021
August 27, 2021

Nazrul, Rabindranath, and Their Admiration for Each Other

Today is the 45th death anniversary of the younger of the two icons.

October 9, 2019
October 9, 2019

38th Death Anniversary: Qazi Motahar Hossain- A pundit of versatile knowledge

While learning how to subtract and multiply, a boy surprised his uncle, Kazi Abul Hossain, by discovering the rules of division in advance. Later, this young boy gained fame as the first statistician, scientist, educator, chess player and prominent literary figure of

August 27, 2019
August 27, 2019

Nazrul’s 43rd death anniversary observed

The 43rd death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam has been observed in a befitting manner.

May 25, 2019
May 25, 2019

Kazi Nazrul Islam and Our Struggle for Emancipation

I am a poet of the present, and not a prophet of the future. […] My birth in this country and this society does not mean that I shall remain constricted and confined to them. No, I belong to all countries and to the entirety of humanity. —Kazi Nazrul Islam