Vol. 5 Num 351 Wed. May 25, 2005  
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Nazrul's birth anniversary today

Today is the 106th birth anniversary of Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

To mark the day, the government as well as socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes.

The programmes include placing of wreaths at the poet's grave on the premises of Dhaka University Mosque, discussions, rallies and cultural functions.

Born on this day in 1899 at village Churulia of 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, India, Nazrul through his powerful poems had inspired the people to fight against injustice and repression of the colonial rule.

The fearless voice of the poet also earned him the wrath of the British rulers who had jailed him several times for igniting people's desire for independence through his poems.

Nazrul's songs and poems were also great sources of inspiration for freedom fighters during the Liberation War in 1971.

President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina paid glowing tributes to the late national poet on the occasion of his birthday.