DHAKA, Feb 1, 2018 (BSS) - A two-day Jatiya Kabita Utsab (national poetry festival) began on Dhaka University (DU) Central Library premises in the capital today.
Eminent poet Asad Chowdhury inaugurated the festival organised by Jatiya Kabita Parishad (JKP).
Chaired by JKP president Muhammad Samad, the inaugural session of the festival was addressed, among others, by poet Robiul Hussain, poet Shihab Sarker and JKP general secretary Tariq Sujat.
Addressing the function, Robiul Hussain said: "Poetry is the echo of human that is the written form of their dreams, straggle, love, reality and life."
Expressing solidarity to the displaced Rohingya people, Robiul said: "Only poetry, which brings peace and prosperity, can unite the people (Rohingya) without country in this crucial time to face their straggle."
Poet Samad said: "To eradicate autocracy, communalism and militancy, a democratic society will be built by poets bringing literacy cultural development and the dream of freedom of the chain."
Later, a poets' rally was brought out from the festival premises and parading main streets of the DU campus, it ended reaching at the festival venue following placing wreaths at the graves of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin.