National Poetry Festival begins
300 poets from home and abroad join festivalSardar Mahabbat Ali
The 28th National Poetry Festival began on the Dhaka University campus on Saturday with the participation of 300 poets from home and abroad.
The National Poetry Council began the two-day festival, with the theme of Kabita Sahena Danab Jatana (poetry abhors daemon’s howl), urging resistance against all sorts of sectarian violence.
This year’s event is dedicated to the council’s advisory member Lutfur Rahman Sarkar and presidium member Dilwar.
The council’s adviser Syed Shamsul Huq inaugurated the programme about 10:00am, led a procession from the venue towards the graves of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and artists Zainul Abedin and Quamrul Hassan to place wreaths.
The programme began with the hoisting of the national flag and the singing of the national anthem.
The council’s president Habibullah Siraji presided over the inaugural session where convener Muhammad Samad, joint convener Tarek Sujat and the council’s general secretary Aslam Sani, among others, spoke.
A seminar, ‘Poetry in Scandinavian: A Bengali reflection’ was later held with Dhaka University professor emeritus Anisuzzaman residing over. DU English teacher Fakrul Alam convened the programme and Swedish poet Kristian Carlsson and Norwegian poets Anre Ruth, Haideh Daragahi and John Y Jones also spoke.
Poets of Bangladesh and India later recited their poems in four sessions, presided over by Shihab Sarker, Muhammad Nurul Huda, Belal Chowdhury and Rafiq Azad.
The festival will feature two seminars on Kabita Sahena Danab Jatana and Kabita O Manobotar Mukti Sangram today.
Several poetry reading sessions and award ceremony will also be held.
The council has been holding the festival since 1987.
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