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POST TIME: 2 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
33rd ‘Jatiya Kobita Utsab’ being held
Poet Habibullah Siraji to be honoured today
UNB, Dhaka

33rd ‘Jatiya Kobita Utsab’ being held

The 33rd edition of ‘Jatiya Kobita Utsab’ (National Poetry Festival) has begun at the Dhaka University’s Central Library square yesterday. This year’s slogan of the two-day festival is ‘Bangalir Joy Kobitar Joy’ (The Victory of Bangali is the Victory of Poetry). The festival originally began in 1987 with a view to raising voices through poems against dictatorship and tyranny. Jatiya Kobita Utsab 2019, organised by Jatiya Kobita Parishad, is dedicated to the 50-year anniversary of mass uprising of 1969 and its martyrs.

The inauguration took place after paying homage to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Patua Kamrul Hasan and the martyrs of Language Movement. Noted Bangladeshi poet Asad Chowdhury opened the festival. In his speech, he said, “Jatiya Kobita Parishad, as a platform, is against communalism, fundamentalism and tyranny. We want to declare that the victory of Bangali is the victory of poetry”.

Jatiya Kabita Parishad General Secretary Tariq Sujat, Poet Ruby Rahman, festival convener Rabiul Hussain, among others attended the event.

Jatiya Kobita Parishad President Dr Mohammad Samad in his speech urged the government to declare February 1 as the ‘National Poetry Day’.

This year, poet Habibullah Siraji will be honoured for his contribution to poetry by Jatiya Kobita Parishad today, on the second day of the festival.

Famed names of Bangla literature, including Nirmalendu Gunn, Mahadev Saha, Kazi Rozi, Burhanuddin Khan Jahangir and many others will attend the festival today.

Nineteen foreign poets from 11 countries, including India, Sweden, Maldives, Turkey, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Spain, Uruguay, Congo and Malaysia will participate in sessions alongside Bangladeshi poets.

The festival is open for all. It will end today with Kobitar Gaan (Songs of Poetry). l