Litterateurs from India and Bangladesh converge
Poets, authors and researchers of Bangladesh and India converged at a remote village, under Chirirbandar upazila, of Dinajpur district to celebrate the birth anniversaries of Tagore and Nazrul Islam.
The two-day programme at Ranirbandar village concluded on Sunday evening. The Literature and Cultural Department of Nazrul Pathagar (library) and Club held the event at its premises.
Advocate Mostafizur Rahman Fizar, State Minister for Land, inaugurated the programme as chief guest.
The programme featured a discussion, reunion, awarding crests to litterateurs and poets and prize distribution among the winners of the cultural competition.
The programme started with a discussion, presided over by an advocate of Nilphamari court and president of Nazrul Library and Club, Tushar Kanti Roy.
Dr. Shushil Bhattacharya, a President Award winning teacher from West Bengal and researcher on Nazrul, was the key discussant.
As many as 200 poets and writers of the neighbouring countries gathered at the programme celebrating the two bards.
Eminent literary persons of India including Dr. Md. Motiur Rahman; Dr. Firoza Begum; Dr. Md. Shamim Firdous and Shanchita Das were present.
Also present were Salem Suleri, a poet and journalist and a member of New York Press Club's executive committee; Dr. Abdus Sobhan, Vice Chancellor of Rajshahi University; Mukul Roy, Deputy Commissioner (Tax), Dhaka region; Md. Azizul Imam Chowdhury, Administrator of Dinajpur Zila Parishad; Nasrin Nihar, editor of Arunima; Nur Hossain Talukdar, director general of National Library; Mannan Sarker, Head of Islamic History of Dinajpur Govt College and Ahsanul Haque Chowdhury, Deputy Director of Dinajpur Social Welfare Department.
The speakers said that India and Bangladesh were fortunate to have towering literary personalities like Nazrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore. “They were the fountainhead of wisdom. Although it is difficult to fathom the depth of Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul's prophetic visions, they are still relevant to our times,” added Dr. Shusil.
In his speech, the minister, said that through their magnificent literature, Nazrul and Tagore created a bond between the two countries.
On Sunday evening, the reunion programme concluded with a vibrant cultural programme.
Nazrul Pathagar O Club, established in 1954 at Ranirbandar village of Dinajpur, has been organising the programme over the last five years, added Md. Mosharraf Hossain, a member of the club.