Sunday, April 12, 2009
The contribution of Kazi Nazrul Islam to our culture and history cannot be overstated. His poetry with fiery lyrics was a rich source of inspiration to patriots and Freedom Fighters in the struggle against the British Raj as well as IN the Liberation War of 1971.
Despite Nazrul's significant contribution to the nation, only a few initiatives have been taken to preserve the works and times of the National Poet. In a welcome move, on April 10, Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP) in association with Prime Bank Limited, launched a CD on Kazi Nazrul Islam. Titled “Nazrul the Poet” the CD contains a complete biographical account of Nazrul's life. Divided into four main segments -- Biography, Literary Contribution, Other Facets and Image Gallery -- the CD aims at providing Nazrul enthusiasts with a rich perspective on the poet. The launch programme began with a short discussion. Azam. J. Chowdhury, chairman, board of directors, Prime Bank Limited, was chief guest. The special guest was legendary Nazrul artiste Feroza Begum. Among the speakers were Nazrul exponent Asadul Huq; Nazrul artistes Shahin Samad; Sujit Mustafa; M.A. Mannan and Khilkhil Kazi, grand daughter of the great bard.
A power point presentation of the CD was delivered by Dithi Hasnat, one of the main coordinators of the project. To her goes the credit for the content development, story- board development, visualisation, audio editing and research for the CD. The programming of the CD has been done by Kamrul Islam Chowdhury.
The CD was launched by Feroza Begum. A new website for NSSP was also launched at the programme by Azam. J. Chowdhury. The address of the website is www.nazrulssp.org.
A cultural programme followed, with renditions of Nazrul numbers by leading and upcoming Nazrul singers. The programme opened with a choral rendition of the Nazrul numbers -- “Khati shonaar cheyeo khati amar desher mati” and “Joy joy hok” by members of NSSP, followed by solo performances by artistes of the organisation.