The 117th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being observed today (Wednesday).
Most famous for his fiery poem Bidrohi (The Rebel) and his many melodious songs, Kazi Nazrul Islam was born on the 11th Joishtha in Bengali calendar year 1306 in Churulia, near Asansol in the Burdwan district of West Bengal.
He was a poet, lyricist, musician, revolutionary and philosopher. The nation got inspirations from Nazrul`s poems and songs during the great Liberation War and all democratic movements and struggles. There are 2,400 of his songs, and together, they are known as Nazrul-Geeti or Nazrul Sangit. He composed the songs, which he liked to tune himself. Considering his impressive talent, Rabindranath Tagore dubbed him as Saraswati`s bor-putra (the gifted son of the Goddess of learning).
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages paying tributes to the memory of the national poet on the occasion of his 117th birth anniversary.
The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe Kazi Nazrul Islam`s birth anniversary in a befitting manner.