The 47th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) will be observed in the country on Sunday (Aug 27) in a befitting manner. On 12 Bhadra of Bangla year 1383 (Aug 29, 1976), the poet breathed his last at the then PG Hospital, now Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, in the city. The poet was buried with state honour beside the Dhaka University central mosque.
Different political parties, socio-cultural and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes to par respect to the national poet, local media reported. The programmes include placing of wreaths at the grave of the poet, discussions, song and poetry recitation sessions and staging of dramas from the creative literary works of the poet. Besides, Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television, and other private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes, local media reported.
Kazi Nazrul was born on 11 Joishttha, 1306 Bonggabdo (Banlga year) in the village Churulia, West Bengal of India's Bardhaman district. His father's name is Kazi Faqeer Ahmed and mother is Zahida Khatun. His nickname is 'Dukhu Mia'.
The nation got inspirations from Nazrul's poems and songs during the great Liberation War in 1971 and all other democratic movements and struggles.
Nazrul wrote nearly 3,000 songs and composed many of them which are known as Nazrul-Geeti or Nazrul Sangeet.
After the independence of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought poet Nazrul Islam to Dhaka from Kolkata along with his family and made arrangements for living with state honour.
Bangabandhu also provided a residence for the family of the poet in the city's Dhanmondi.