Kolkata:West Bengal Government today celebrated the 116th birth anniversary of the Kazi Nazrul Islam through a special cultural programme at Nazrul Mancha.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was the main speaker on the occasion, said that the State government has done everything to give a fitting tribute to Kazi Nazrul Islam.
“We have set up Nazrul Tirtha. We started a university named after him. We have named the first Greenfield Airport of India at Andal after Kazi Nazrul Islam. We have dedicated a chair to Nazrul Islam at Calcutta University,” she said. “The words of Nazrul Islam had the power to influence the fight for independence. Nazrul, Rabindranath, Swami Vivekananda continue to inspire us. Kazi Nazrul Islam is a big pillar of our culture and our existence,” she added.
The State Government today gave away awards and recognition to various eminent stalwarts from fields of art and culture. These awards were given by the academies and councils under the I & C A Department. “I am honoured to be sharing the stage with so many eminent artists today,” remarked the Chief Minister. Family members of the Rebel Poet performed on the occasion. Nazrul’s daughter-in-law Kalyani Kazi said, “We thank WB CM Mamata Di for the honour bestowed on my father in law. Mamata Di promised to give Nazrul Islam his due honour when she was Rail Minister. She delivered her promise.”