Poet Shamsur Rahman’s 12th death anniversary tomorrow

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DHAKA, Aug 16, 2018 (BSS) – The 12th death anniversary of one of the major poets in modern Bengali literature, Shamsur Rahman, will be observed tomorrow.

Different socio-cultural organisations have drawn up different programmes to mark the day.

Jatiya Kabita Parishad, Kabi Shamsur Rahman Foundation, Kabi Shamsur Rahman Smriti Parishad and poet’s family members will place wreaths at the poet’s grave at Banani tomorrow morning, said a press release.

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote will place wreaths at the grave of Shamsur Rahman at 9.30am.

The death anniversary will also be observed at Shamsur Rahman’s ancestral village home in Raipura of Narsingdi through different programmes.

Shamsur Rahman was born on October 23 in 1929 and brought up at Mahuttuli in the capital. He took part in various socio-cultural movements and played a vital role in critical moments of the nation.

Shamsur Rahman was a poet and journalist. He served the now-defunct Dainik Bangla as the chief editor for long.

His first book of poetry ‘Prothom Gaan Dwityo Mrittyur Agey’ was published in 1960.

Major themes in Shamsur Rahman’s poetry and writings include liberal humanism, human relations, romanticised rebellion of youth, the emergence of and consequent events in Bangladesh, and opposition to religious fundamentalism.

The poet earned a number of prestigious awards at home and abroad, including Bangla Academy Award in 1969, Ekushey Padak in 1977, Swadhinata Dibosh Award in 1991.

Shamsur Rahman died on August 17, 2006 in Dhaka.