Vol. 5 Num 351 Wed. May 25, 2005  

Is Nazrul given due recognition as our National Poet? -- Khairul Anam Shakil
Talented Nazrul singer, Khairul Anam Shakil, is voluble on the subject of Nazrul as the National Poet. As he says, "Nazrul always spoke for the common people. His rebellious spirit weathered the nation through every crisis and political oppression we have faced."

After the Independence he was declared the National Poet of Bangladesh. But Shakil regrets, "Nazrul is a universal poet. None has ever realised his true spirits and he has never been interpreted accurately." According to Shakil, "Apart from negligence about the Rebel Poet, the reason is also lack of adequate media support on Nazrul regarding this issue."

Shakil says, "There is a lack of coordinated effort in projecting Nazrul accurately and presenting him with proper respect. We should depict Nazrul with a neutral perspective. This would eventually lead to an authentic portrayal of this humane poet.

"The government along with prominent Nazrul researchers and artistes should deliberately inform the new generation about his contribution. Well-rendered Nazrul songs by quality singers should be presented to make the new generation develop an affinity for Nazrul songs."

Finally Shakil urged the media to uphold the spirit of Nazrul. The need of the hour, he said, was to promote Nazrul songs and project the problems of the artistes.

Khairul Anam Shakil is a long time Nazrul singer. He began singing when he was 10 years old. He took part in the Natun Kuri competition in the then East Pakistan and bagged the first prize in music. Shakil took his basic music lessons in Chhayanaut. He is the disciple of personalities such as Sanjida Khatun, Wahidul Haque, Sheikh Lutfur Rahman, Sohrab Hossain, Narayan Chandra Bashak and Indian classical guru Muhammad Sagiruddin. Shakil is the Secretary of Chhayanaut and a regular teacher of Nazrul Sangeet. His breakthrough song was "Padmar dheure", a Nazrul song belonging to the folk genre. Apart from Nazrul songs Shakil also performs songs of yesteryears.