May 24, 2013 | 03:38 PM (BD Time)
24 May, 2013 Friday
‘Jatiya Kobita Utsab’ ends
Art & Culture Report:
Showcasing recitation, musical soiree, discussion and more a two-day national poetry festival titled ‘Jatiya Kobita Utsab 2012,’ organised by Jatiya Kobita Parishad, concluded yesterday on the premises of Dhaka University Central Library.
With much enthusiasm and interest the festival created an opportunity for the poetry-buffs who want to have a glimpse of poets and their recitations from a close quarter. A total of 300 poets and litterateurs from home and abroad participated in the 26th edition of the festival.
With the slogan titled “Kobita Shonite Swapner Dhwonite” the festival was jointly inaugurated by eminent litterateur and writer Syed Shamsul Haq and Shabhya Sachi on February 1.
Yesterday, the concluding day of the festival, two seminars were held where poets Ahmed Rafique and Mahmud Al Zaman presented the key-note papers on the occasion.
Director General of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan, Editor of Daily Sun Prof Dr Syed Anwar Husain, Vice-president of Shammilito Sangskritik Jote Golam Kuddus and its general secretary Hasan Arif, among others, took part in discussion. The presentation of seminars was followed by recitation programmes.
Earlier, the festival began with the National Anthem and hoisting of national flag by invited poets and litterateurs on Wednesday morning.
Led by renowned litterateurs, a colourful procession was brought out from the premises of Dhaka University Library to Central Shaheed Minar. They paid homage to the Language Martyrs by placing wreaths on the pedestal of Shaheed Minar.
A discussion was held at the inaugural session of the festival where Tariq Sujat, co-convener of the festival, Rabiul Hussain, its convener, Aslam Sunny, general secretary and Habibullah Siraji, president, took part in discussion. A number of litterateurs from India, Nepal and Bhutan, including renowned poet Sunil Gangopadhyay, Anil Sarkar, Ashish Sanyal, Uttam Das, Amrita Mytai, Shamalkanti Das and Mrinal Basu Chowdhury, among others, attended the festival, while a good number of Bangladeshi emigrant poets and litterateurs from the USA, Italy, Syria and Australia have also joined the festival. n
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