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Remembering poet Shamsur Rahman

Remembering poet Shamsur Rahman

The 90th birth anniversary of renowned Poet Shamsur Rahman will be observed on Tuesday (Oct 23) in a befitting manner across the country.

Regarded as a symbol of aesthetics for his lifestyle, gestures and works Rahman was born in old part of Dhaka on Oct 23 in 1929 and died on Aug 17, 2006.

Bangla Academy will organise a solo lecture programme on his life and works at its auditorium at 3 p.m. Tuesday where Sheikh Hasina University Vice-Chancellor Professor Rafiq Ullah Khan will address it with poet Asad Chowdhury in the chair.

On the occasion, different socio-cultural organizations including Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy have drawn up elaborate programmes.

His poems largely feature the struggle of country’s people for independence and Liberation War.

‘Barnomala Amar Dukhini Barnomala’, ‘Asader Shirt’, ‘Tomake Pawar Jonno Hey Swadhinata’ and ‘Udbhat Uter Pithe Cholechhe Swadesh’ are some his works depicting various aspects of national transitions at different times.

The number of books by poet Shamsur Rahman which were published in his lifetime is 112, including four novels, 67 of poems, one of short story, two of child literature and six translations.

He made his professional debut as a journalist of the daily Morning Sun in 1957 and later he worked for Dainik Bangla, where he also served as its chief editor. He also was the editor of Bangladesh Times and Weekly Bichitra. In addition, the poet edited several literary journals.

For contributing to literature, he received numerous awards including Bangla Academy Literary Award, Adamjee Literary Award, Ekushey Padak, and The Ananda Puraskar from Kolkata.