Dhaka, Bangladesh
Syed Shamsul Haq remembered

Syed Shamsul Haq remembered

Syed Shamsul Haq is one of the most powerful and versatile poet and writer of Bangladesh. Second death anniversary of Syed Shamsul Haq was on 27th September. He was a major literary voice of his time. He wrote poetry, plays, novels and essays. Since 1954, Syed Haq has published 39 volumes of poetry, 26 plays, including 11 verse-plays, 6 major novels, 49 novellas, 8 collections of short stories, 7 volumes of essay and an autobiography. The poet was honoured with Bangla Academy Award, Swadhinata Padak, Ekushey Padak, Adamjee Literary Award, Padabali Kobita Award, Nasiruddin Gold Medal, National Poetry Award and many more. Different socio-cultural organizations, including Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) organised elaborate programmes On the occasion of Syed Shamsul Haq's second death anniversary.In memory of Syed Haq, a two-day event was held by BSA. BSA arranged a commemorative programme featuring book launching, poetry recitation and discussion on 27th September at 7pm at the academy's National Theatre Hall. At the programme, theatre personality Ramendu Majumdar and writer Anwara Syed Haq was present as discussants, while Hasan Arif will recited poems of Syed Haq. Theatre (Bailey Road) staged a special show of its highly-acclaimed production 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' after the discussion, as a part of the event arranged by BSA.Directed by late theatre personality Abdullah Al Mamun, 'Payer Awaj Pawa Jay' is one of the masterpieces by Syed Shamsul Haq. The production had its debut in 1976 and played an important role in the neo-theatre movement of Bangladesh. Mancha Sarothi-famed theatre personality Ataur Rahman took part in discussion and reminiscence event on September 29 on the second day of the event. BSA staged world famous play 'Hamlet' at the National Theatre Hall on the same day. The play 'Hamlet', originally written by William Shakespeare, has been translated and adapted by late ambidextrous writer Syed Shamsul Haque and directed by eminent director Ataur Rahman. On the other hand, Bangladesh Television aired a documentary on Syed Shamsul Haq on 27th September at 5pm and 12midnight. The documentary is directed by Mahfuza Akter. Syed Shamsul Haq is one of the most profound litterateurs of Bangladesh. His poems are unpretentious and draw the readers easily. He wrote poetry, fiction, plays (mostly in verse), and essays for Bengali literature. His literary works are included in the curriculum of school level, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level in the country. He died of lung cancer at the age of 80 on September 27 in 2016.

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