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Poems dedicated to Hasina come out
A bilingual compilation of seventy-one poems dedicated to prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina was launched on Wednesday marking her 71st birthday.
Galpakar, publisher of the anthology titled ‘Peace and Harmony’ organised a publication ceremony in association with Dhansiri Communications Limited on the Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka in this regard.
‘The poems reflect incidents of struggle, sorrow, suffering, joy and success of Sheikh Hasina. The poets have depicted her life and struggle in their poems,’ speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said while addressing the ceremony as the chief guest.
Prakashana Utsab Parishad president Panna Kaiser chaired the function while National Professor Rafiqul Islam attended the programme as a special guest.
Sheikh Hasina was committed to establishing democracy in the country and ensuring the rights of the people, Shirin Sharmin said adding that the prime minister was leading the country ahead despite various obstacles.
Rafiqul Islam said the poets had accomplished a national duty by composing the poems.
The poems, which were originally written in Bangla and then translated into English, were composed by seventy-one poets. Sheikh Hasina 71st birthday was observed September 28.
The poems were penned, among others, by Nirmalendu Goon, Mahadev Saha, Syed Shamsul Haque, Burhanuddin Khan Jahangir, Belal Chowdhury, Anwara Syed Haq, Rafiq Azad, Nooh-ul-Alam Lenin, Panna Kaiser, Asim Saha, Kazi Rozi, Halim Azad, Dilara Hafiz, Kamal Chowdhury, Tapan Bagchi, Shamim Reza, Mohammad Nurul Huda, and Shihab Sarker.
Poet Anis Mohammad translated the poems, while Jahangirnagar University English professor Ahmed Reza edited those.
Dhaka University pro-vice-chancellor Nasrin Ahmed, poet Abul Azad, and actress Shomi Kaiser also addressed the programme.