Shawkat Osman rememberedCultural Correspondent
Eminent litterateur Shawkat Osman was recalled on his 97th birth anniversary through a discussion session and an unveiling of a mural at the main auditorium of Sufia Kamal National Public Library on Thursday.
The programme organsied by Katha Shilpy Shawkat Osman Smrity Parisad was attended by information minister Hasanul Haque Inu as the chief guest. Other guests present at the programme included secretary of ministry of cultural affairs Ranajit Kumar Biswas, director general of public library Nur Hossain Talukdar, secretary of rural development and cooperatives Mihir Kanti Majumder. The discussion session was presided over by litterateur Ahmed Rafique while Mohammad Rakubul Islam, general secretary of the parisad, delivered a welcome speech at the programme.
In his speech, Ahmed Rafique, recollected Shawkat Osman as a stern humanist who fought for the rights of the commoners through his writings. He was to change the society and the history in favour of the people.
Supplementing Rafique, Hasanul Haque Inu said that Osman always raised his voice for true democracy and a secular society. He was a writer who was uncompromising about human rights in his writings. Ranajit Kumar Saha recalled Shawkat Osman as a jolly and cheerful person. Saha also shared an information with the audience that Shawkat Osman was the class teacher of legendary actor Uttam Kumar.
After the discussion session, guests and organisers of the programme inaugurated a mural of Shawkat Osman at the entrance of the Shawkat Osman Auditorium of the library.
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