Local, foreign poets to attend Nat’l Poetry FestCultural Correspondent
The biggest poetry festival of the country, National Poetry Festival 2014, begins today at the central public library premises with all its colour and festivity, attended by hundreds of local and foreign poets and poetry enthusiasts.
Organised by Jatio Kobita Parishad every year since 1987, it is the 28th edition of the festival.
Leading poet of the country Syed Shamsul Haque will inaugurate the festival, where Habibullah Sirajee, president of the Parishad, along with other leading local and foreign poets and cultural personalities will be present.
This year, a great number of local and foreign poets will read their poems at the festival. The local poets attending the festival include Syed Shamsul Haque, Rafiq Azad, Asad Chowdhury, Mohadev Saha, Nirmalendu Goon, Belal Chowdhury, Muhammad Nurul Huda, Muhammad Rafiq, Kazi Rosey and others.
Foreign poets from India, Norway, Sweden and Austria will take part at the festival. Among them, noted poets from India are Ashish Sanyal, Uttam Das, Shyamal Kanti Das, Shankar Chakrabarty, Dilip Das, Akbar Ahmed, Anubhab Tulsi, Samir Tati and others.
Norwegian poet John Y. Jones; Austrian poet Dorothea Muller-Ott; and Swidish poets Anre Ruth, Haideh Daragahi, Kristian Carlsson are attending this year’s festival.
The two-day festival will consist of recitation sessions, poets’ reading their poems, seminars and presentations of songs.
After the inauguration in the morning, the organisers with the guests will place flowers at the central Shaheed Minar and at the graves of national poet Kazi Narul Islam, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin and Potua Quamrul Hassan. The formal programme will begin with a seminar on Nordic and European Poetry at the central library.
Convened by Dr Fakrul Alam; Anre Ruth, Haideh Daragahi, Kristian Carlsson, John Y Jones and Syed Nazrul Islam will speak at the seminar.
Following the seminar, poets will take the stage to read their own poems in different sections presided by noted poets of the country. In the evening guest poets from India will read their poems, followed by a recitation session.
Tomorrow’s programme will include two seminars. The first seminar focusing on the motto of this year’s festival Kobita Sahena Danab-Jatona will include Abed Khan, Rafiqullah Khan, Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin, Ranjit Kumar Biswas, Shahriar Kabir and Kajal Bandopaddhay as the speakers of the session.
The second seminar will focus on Manusher Kobita, Kobitar Manush where Abul Momen, Salimullah Khan, Bishwajit Ghosh, Abul Hasnat, Imdadul Haque Milon and Sheikh Hafizur Rahman will be the speakers.
Following the seminars, poets will begin presenting their poems. At 3pm, foreign poets will read their self-composed poems. The festival will end with presentation of poems-turned-songs.
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