Sufia Kamal's death anniv today
BSS, Dhaka :
The 20th death anniversary of poet Begum Sufia Kamal will be observed across the country today.
On the occasion, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages paying profound respect to the memory of the poet.
They prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of Sufia Kamal. In a message, the President said Poet Sufia Kamal will be alive among the countrymen through her Pegasus and amazing works.
"Her life and literary works inspire the new generation deeply and she will remain as source of inspiration for the young generation forever," Hamid said, adding that her struggle for establishing a society with equal rights of men and women.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed her profound respect to the memories of Begum Sufia Kamal, one of the pioneers of progressive, democratic and women emancipation movements in Bangladesh.
Born on June 20, 1911 in an aristocratic family, known as the Nabab family of Shayestabad in Barishal, Begum Sufia Kamal dedicated her whole life to the promotion of women liberty, progressive thinking and non-communal politics.
She was an activist of the historic Language Movement of 1952 and also played a significant role in the Great War of Liberation. She was also an excellent organiser. In 1956, she organised "Kochi-Kachar Mela", an organisation of children, and organised the Bangladesh Mohila Parishad in 1970.
Begum Sufia Kamal died in Dhaka on November 20 in 1999 and was buried at Azimpur Graveyard with full state honour.
She won more than 50 awards for her contributions to the literature including "Ekushey Padak", "Swadhinata Dibash Padak", "Bangla Academy Padak", "Soviet Lenin Award", "Begum Rokeya Padak", "Jatiya Kobita Porishad Award".