Gitanjali Academy of Fine Arts to hold Rabindra-Nazrul Festival
Gitanjali Academy of Fine Arts is going to organise Rabindra-Nazrul Utshab at Batamoul of Rabindra Sharani in Uttara. The festival will be held from July 26 to July 27. Md. Atikul Islam, Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation will be present as the chief guest and will inaugurate the two day long festival. Noted Nazrul exponent and National Professor Rafiqul Islam will preside over the inaugural session. Dr Md Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, ndc, Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs; Shahidul Alam Bidhut, executive director of Irish Fashion Ltd will be present as special guests.
On the concluding day, KM Khalid, State Minister for Ministry of Cultural Affairs will be present as chief guest. National Professor Rafiqul Islam will preside over the meeting. Md. Monirul Islam, BPM, PPM, Additional Police Commissioner, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime, Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Aktari Momtaz, former secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs will be present as special guests.
The two -day long festival will feature discussion, musical soiree, dance recital and poetry recitation.
Mahbub Amin Mithu, director of Gitanjali-Lalitkala Academy will deliver the welcome speech.
Besides the artistes of Gitanjali, noted Tagore artistes Sajed Akbar, Salma Akbar, Subah Akbar and Nazrul artistes Salahuddin Ahmed, Selina Hossain and artistes of Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts, Porosmoni Kalakendra, Udayan Academy, Kisholaya Sangeet Charchakendra, Madhobi Music School, Prangaon Lalitkala Academy, Ragrang Shilpi Gosthi, Notun Kuri Sangeet Academy and Surer Pakhi will perform at the event.
Poet, lyricist, bard, novelist, essayist, short story writer, dramatist … there was no territory of literature that Rabindranath Tagore did not leave his mark on. Rabindranath Tagore to Bangla is what William Shakespeare is to English. As mentioned before, he is the best poet of the Bangla language. Add to it the fact that he is the best writer of Bangla short stories. In fact, as a story-teller, he is second to none. Only Anton Chekhov and Guy de Maupassant can be bracketed with him. His brilliantly lucid, lyrical prose and his grasp of human psychology are unique. It is said that he dealt with every human emotion in his stories and his songs. Tagore is the foremost lyricist of his language and one of its most celebrated composers. His songs and his short stories will keep him immortal for at least a few more centuries. What about his novels? They are also some of the very best in Bangla. He wrote lovely plays. He was also a painter of note. Like Shakespeare, he also acted in his plays. He was a creative man almost all his life from his 16th to his 80th year. He composed rhymes even as a child. To use a cricketing term, he is the greatest all-rounder among Bengali writers. He was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in literature. The year was 1913 and he was only 52.
Kazi Nazrul's legacy as the Rebel Poet was well established during the colonial era. Openly dissenting against the British dominion in India, he was also critical of the Indian Independence Movement, and disagreed with Gandhi's non-violent acts of civil disobedience. His half-weekly publication Dhumkhetu contained impassioned responses that not only addressed the collective rebellions, but also the goals of the nationalist struggle. A man of such intense emotion was also given to romantic ardour, and his poetry reflects the simmering passions trapped beneath his skin, and true to his title, the Rebel writer cared not for form and style, and made way for modern Bengali poetry in a way it had never been attempted before.