Publish: 24 May 2020, 11:27 pm
National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 121st birth anniversary will be observed in the country on Monday.
But unlike in previous years, due to the coronavirus outbreak, there will be no public function this year. The day is also coinciding with Eid-ul-Fitr, the Muslims' largest celebration.
Born in the village of Churulia in Burdwan district of West Bengal in India on May 25, 1899, Nazrul had inspired people by his writings to fight injustice and repression of colonial rule.
On the occasion, Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar will air different programmes.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages highlighting the colourful life of the poet and his contributions to Bangla language and literature.
In his message, the President said, "We were inspired by Nazrul 's writings to join all democratic movements and struggles, including the anti-British movement, the Language Movement, the 1969 mass uprising, and the Liberation War.
He expressed his belief that the eternal existence of Nazrul will keep the Bengali nation alive forever.
In her message, the Prime Minister said, “We must continue to work together to build a secular, non-discriminatory, peaceful, happy and prosperous Bangladesh following the lifestyle of the rebel poet.”