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

Bengal cabinet clears deck for developing six theme cities

West Bengal cabinet on Friday cleared the deck for developing six modern cities in the state.

Speaking to the press after the cabinet meeting, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim said the location for six modern cities had already been finalised. The Cabinet had even named all the six proposed cities according to choice and importance of the place, he said adding they would have modern facilities for decent living.

Naming the theme cities

Speaking about the smart cities, Hakim said one would come up over 85 acres at Dabgram near Siliguri and would be called ‘Teesta’ after the name of a major river in north Bengal. Another city would come up near Bolpur in Birbhum district over 127 acres and christened ‘Gitabitan’ after a popular compilation of songs by Rabindranath Tagore.

A third city over 50 acres would come up near the twin industrial towns of Asansol-Durgapur covering Churulia, birth place of the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. It would be named ‘Agnibina’, after the name of a collection of poems by the rebel poet. One more city would come up near Kalyani, developed by erstwhile chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, in Nadia district over 50 acres and would be known as ‘Samriddhi’.

Another city, which is yet to be named, would come up at Dumurjala in neighbouring Howrah district over 50 acres. The sixth smart city would come up at Baruipur in the southern outskirt of the metropolis over 86 acres and would be named after the famed Bengal matinee idol Uttam Kumar, the minister said.

Allotment of land

In all cases the state government has adequate land and would be developed by the state urban development department, Hakim said. Besides, the state government would also develop some thematic private township over land within ceiling at different places in the state.

The themes could range from knowledge, sports and IT and the townships would be developed by various wings of the department like HIDCO and KMDA, he said.

Hakim hoped that the projects would bring in huge investment and create a lot of employment opportunity. In all cases there would be 25 per cent reservations for the economically weaker sections.