(From left) Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, Professor Anisuzzaman and Sultana Azim at the discussion
To uphold and highlight the works and philosophies of writer-poet- philologist Professor Humayun Azad, an organisation named ‘Humayun Azad Prattay Parishad’ officially announced its formation on April 5.
On the occasion, the organisation arranged a programme at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum. The programme included a discussion on Humayun Azad’s significance in contemporary aspects titled Humayun Azad Keno Jaruri, recitation, music and documentary screening.
Shaikat Habib, a member of the organisation gave the welcome speech while Mukti Prasad Moitri, another member, read out the proclamation. The proclamation suggested that the organisation would work in the socio-cultural sector to realise Humayun Azad’s visions.
“Humayun Azad Prattay Parishad will arrange seminars, conferences, discussions and debates on arts, culture, philosophy and other aspects,” according to the first issue of the organisation’s journal titled Pratiswar.
Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman was the chief guest at the programme. He said, “On several issues Humayun Azad never made compromises.”
Eminent educationists Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui and Professor Anisuzzaman were the special guests. In his speech Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui said, “As a philologist, litterateur or poet Humayun Azad was an inspiration to the young.”
Professor Anisuzzaman said, “Humayun Azad always expressed his views against fundamentalism and tried to educate people on its evils through his writings.”
Among others, Professor A.A.M.S Arefin Siddique and Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam reminisced on Humayun Azad at the programme.
Convener of Humayun Azad Prattay Parishad, Sultana Azim presided over the programme.
At the programme members of the organisation recited poems and read out excerpts from Humayun Azad’s works. Alok Sen, Mukti Prasad Moitri and Ripon Chowdhury rendered songs. A documentary titled Bahumatrik Jyotirmoy — on Humayun Azad’s life and works — was also screened.
Humayun Azad — who was found dead on August 11, 2004 at the age of 56 at his apartment in Munich, Germany — wrote over sixty novels, poems, essays and books on linguistics. His notable works include Ami Benchey Chhilam Onyader Shomoy (poetry), Chappanno Hajar Borgomile and Pak Sar Zameen Saad Baad (both fictions). Lal Neel Dipabali, written by him, is considered one of the best works in children’s literature in the country.