The 45th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being observed in the country today (Friday). Nazrul, revered as Bidrohi Kobi (rebel poet), passed away on August 27 (12 Bhadra of the Bangla calendar) 1976 at the then PG Hospital, now Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, in Dhaka.
He was buried with state honour beside the Dhaka University central mosque.
The poet was born on the 11th Joishtha in Bengali calendar year 1306 in the village of Churulia, Asansol Sadar, Paschim Bardhaman district of the Bengal Presidency (now in West Bengal, India).
Nazrul contributed to almost all the field of Bangla literature. He was a poet, lyricist, musician, revolutionary and philosopher. There are 2,400 of his songs, and together, they are known as Nazrul Sangeet. The rebel poet is particularly noted for his unique poem Bidrohi.
The nation got inspirations from Nazrul’s poems and songs during the great Liberation War and all democratic movements and struggles. The poet and members of his family were brought to Dhaka from Kolkata in May 1972 and conferred with the status of ‘National Poet’.
Meanwhile, noted Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul Khalid has penned a song that pays rich tribute to the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Late composer Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul tuned the song titled ‘Agnibinar Phool’ (Flower of fire-harp). Two young singers Rajib and Lemis rendered their voices on the song.
The song has been published on Mahbubul Khalid’s musical website ‘khalidsangeet.com’. Besides, a music video is also available on the composer’s YouTube channel ‘Khalid Sangeet’.
Mentionable, Mahbubul Khalid has written many songs on renowned personalities, different national and international days, religions festivals, social celebrations, romanticism, philosophy etc. His songs portray the sufferings and possibilities of human being and urge all to establish a violence free universe.
His recent song on Covid-19 pandemic titled ‘Corona Ke Voy Koro Na’ (Don’t get panicked of Coronavirus) has been widely appreciated and created awareness on the deadly virus