Bengal Govt coming up with state-of-the-art library at Nazrul Tirtha

Nazrul Tirtha in New Town, planned and named by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a major cultural centre of the Bengal Government will soon get a state-of-the-art library. It will be constructed by the Government agency, Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO).

The proposed library will come up on the third and fourth floors of Nazrul Tirtha. It will be a library with all modern facilities. Like all modern libraries, there will be cubicles for research scholars, which they can hire. There will be some rooms too. There will be both text and reference books of all the subjects. There will be a children’s section as well. Books will also be available online. Books on career counselling and foreign language will be kept at the library too.

A smart card will be given to the members. There will be a drop box where members can drop their books when the library remains closed or they are moving out of the city. Steps will be taken to stop damage of books and their theft.

At Nazrul Tirtha, an archive on Kazi Nazrul Islam has been set up. A library has also been set up at Swapno Bhor, also in New Town, which is the only senior citizen’s park in Bengal.

Source: Millennium Post

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Digital library on Kazi Nazrul at Nazrul Tirtha

A digital library on Kazi Nazrul Islam at Nazrul Tirtha in New Town was inaugurated on December 20 by the State Urban Development Minister. It will be extremely beneficial to those carrying out research on Nazrul.

The digital library will be the first-of-its-kind in Bengal. Initially, all the books of Nazrul that have become out-of-print and are lying in different libraries in Kolkata have been digitised. The library will have the first prints of Nazrul’s own books, manuscripts, notations of Nazrul’s songs, advertisements, booklets and photos of his vinyl records, and interviews of Nazrul scholars.

There will also be scripts of plays where Nazrul’s songs have been used, copies of Betar Jagat, the magazine of All India Radio (AIR) for which he worked and magazines edited by Nazrul.

It may be recalled that after coming to power in 2011, Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone of a university named after Nazrul, Kazi Nazrul University in Asansol. Nazrul Tirtha was set up to carry out research on him. Cultural shows, seminars and symposia on his life and works are organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of the poet all over the state.

Though Nazrul did not have any formal education, he became famous as a poet at the age of 20 and was known as the ‘Bidrohi Kobi, or ‘Rebel Poet’. He was imprisoned for his criticism of the British rule and many of his poetry books like Agnibina and Bisher Bashi were banned by the British colonial rulers.

Nazrul was also a brilliant music teacher, composer and singer. The 78 rpm discs of Nazrul’s songs by Megaphone Records and Hindusthan Records recorded the highest sales between 1935 and 1939. Many revolutionaries sang his songs which criticised the oppression of British rule.

Importantly for today’s times, his criticism of communalism was reflected in his poems, songs and essays. In fact, he composed many Shyama Sangeets (songs dedicated to the goddess Kali) which are immensely popular.


কাজী নজরুলের ওপর ডিজিটাল লাইব্রেরী চালু হল নজরুল তীর্থে


নিউটাউনের নজরুল তীর্থে কাজী নজরুলের ওপর একটি ডিজিটাল লাইব্রেরীর উদ্বোধন হল। কাজী নজরুলের ওপর যারা গবেষণা করছেন তাদের খুব উপকারে আসবে এই লাইব্রেরী।

এই ধরনের লাইব্রেরী পশ্চিমবঙ্গে এই প্রথম। কাজী নজরুলের যেসব বই আর ছাপা হয় না, বিভিন্ন লাইব্রেরীতে আছে, সেগুলোকে ডিজিটাইজড করা হয়েছে। এই লাইব্রেরীতে নজরুলের বইগুলির প্রথম মুদ্রণ, পাণ্ডুলিপি, নজরুল গীতির স্বরলিপি, তাঁর ভিনাইল রেকর্ডের বিজ্ঞাপন, বুকলেট ও ফটো থাকবে। থাকবে নজরুল বিশষজ্ঞদের সাক্ষাৎকার।

সাথে থাকবে অনেক নাটকের হস্তলিপি যেগুলিতে নজরুলগীতি ব্যবহার করা হয়েছে। থাকবে বেতার জগতের সংখ্যা। অল ইন্ডিয়া রেডিওর এই পত্রিকার দপ্তরে নজরুল কাজ করতেন।

নজরুল মাত্র ২০ বছর বয়সেই কবি হিসেবে খ্যাতি লাভ করেন। তাঁকে ‘বিদ্রোহী’ কবি বলা হত। তৎকালীন শাসকদের বিরুদ্ধে লেখার জন্য ব্রিটিশরা তাঁকে কারাবন্দী করেন; তাঁর অনেক কবিতার বই – যেমন অগ্নিবীণা ও বিষের বাঁশী – নিষিদ্ধ করা হয়।

নজরুল খুব প্রসিদ্ধ সঙ্গীত শিক্ষক, গীতিকার ও গায়ক ছিলেন। তাঁর রচিত গান স্বাধীনতা সংগ্রামে এক নতুন মাত্রা এনে দিয়েছিল। সাম্প্রদায়িকতার লেখা তাঁর গান, ছড়া, রচনা আজ খুবই যুগোপযোগী। তাঁর লেখা শ্যামাসঙ্গীতও খুব জনপ্রিয়।

Source: Millennium Post