The 90th anniversary of the composition of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s poem Bidrohi was celebrated recently at EZCC by the ministry of culture of the government of India. A delegation from Bangladesh took part in the programme alongside local artistes like Anup Ghoshal, Chandrabali Rudra Dutta and Shovansundar Bosu. “Nazrul wrote the poem with a pencil while sitting alone in his 3/4C, Taltala Lane home here in 1921. Bidrohi is still relevant as it is against all kinds of oppression, not just the British raj. It should be translated in all languages,” said the poet’s granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi (extreme right in picture), who had come from Bangladesh. Another cultural programme was to be held in Burdwan as Nazrul hailed from Churulia village in the district, said K.K. Banerjee, director of the Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation, who helped put the programme together.
Pictures by Madhumita Nandi