Today is the birth anniversary of ‘Bidrohi Kobi’ Kazi Nazrul Islam. The occasion is being celebrated across Bengal with due honour.
The State Department of Information and Culture is going to organise a cultural programme on the occasion today at Nazrul Tirtha at 5 PM. Various awards and honours of different boards, academies and centres will be given away during the programme.
Cultural programmes will also be held from 27-29 May at Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, Ektara Muktamancha and Bangla Akademi auditorium daily at 5 PM. New and veteran artistes will perform at these programmes.
Like every year, West Bengal Government is celebrating the the birth anniversary of the Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in a befitting manner all across the State.
In the past seven years, the government has taken several initiatives to preserve the legacy of the great poet. From renovating his house at Churulia to setting up ‘Nazrul Tirtha’ – the ‘Bidrohi Kobi’ has been given due recognition by the Maa, Mati, Manush Government.
Some initiatives of the Bengal Government to preserve the legacy of Kazi Nazrul Islam:
- Under the Trinamool Government, the state-of-art cultural complex Nazrul Tirtha has been set up at Rajarhat New Town.
- A digital library on Kazi Nazrul Islam at Nazrul Tirtha was inaugurated in December, 2017. The digital library is the first-of-its-kind in Bengal. All the books of Nazrul that have become out-of-print and are lying in different libraries in Kolkata have been digitised in the first phase.
- Kazi Nazrul University has been set up in Asansol, Paschim Bardhaman.
- The first Greenfield Airport of India at Andal has been named after Kazi Nazrul Islam.
- The State Government has dedicated a chair to Kazi Nazrul Islam at Calcutta University.
- Nazrul Academy was set up in 2012.
- Nazrul Mancha, the Open Air Theatre at Rabindra Sarobar, was renovated into a state-of-art auditorium.
- The West Bengal government took up repair and maintenance work of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s ancestral house at Churulia in Bardhaman district.
- An archive on Kazi Nazrul Islam at Grace Cottage, a single-storey building in Nadia’s Krishnagar where the poet had lived between 1926 and 1928, is in the offing.
- Since 2011, the Government has been celebrating the birth and death anniversaries of the Rebel Poet in a befitting manner.
Bengal Government is going to celebrate the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam with full honours today. A cultural function will be held at Nazrul Tirtha in Newtown at 5 PM.
The function, which is being held as per the guidance and planning of Hon. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, will also see the felicitation and award presentation by various academies.
The function is going to be attended by several ministers of the State Government. Dignitaries and artistes will perform on the occasion. Cultural events will be held at Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha and Fani Bhushan Jatra Mancha between 27-29 May to mark Nazrul’s birth anniversary.
আজ নজরুল জয়ন্তী পালন করবে রাজ্য সরকার
আজ বিদ্রোহী কবি কাজী নজরুল ইসলামের জন্মজয়ন্তী পালন করবে রাজ্য সরকার। মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর পরিকল্পনায় বিদ্রোহী কবির জন্মদিবসে শ্রদ্ধাজ্ঞাপন এবং বিভিন্ন অ্যাকাডেমির পুরস্কার প্রদান করা হবে।
নিউটাউনের নজরুল তীর্থে আজ বিকেল ৫ টায় আয়োজন করা হয়েছে এই অনুষ্ঠানের। অনুষ্ঠানে উপস্থিত থাকবেন রাজ্যের বিভিন্ন মন্ত্রীরা। সাংস্কৃতিক অনুষ্ঠান মঞ্চস্থ বিভিন্ন শিল্পীবৃন্দ।
এছাড়া নজরুল জয়ন্তী উপলক্ষে আগামী ২৭-২৯ মে প্রতিদিন বিকেল ৫ টায় রবীন্দ্রসদন, রবীন্দ্রসদন মুক্ত মঞ্চ, শিশির মঞ্চ ও ফণিভূষণ যাত্রা মঞ্চে বিভিন্ন অনুষ্ঠান হবে।
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.
India’s first private green-field airport set up in collaboration with Changi International Airport of Singapore is ready for commercial operation from 18th May, 2015 at Andal near Durgapur.
WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee today addressed a press conference where she announced that Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal is India’s first green-field airport. Seventeen such airports were announced to be set up in India but only the Bengal project was completed.
WB CM thanked Singapore-based Changi Airport group for their support and cooperation. She said this airport will soon have flight connectivity with Singapore. The government has also decided to exempt sales tax on aviation turbine fuel for this airport till 2020-21 to make air-travel affordable for common people.
“Bengal will now be connected with the entire world,” the Chief Minister remarked.
Tweets from the Chief Minister:
West Bengal Chief Minister inaugurated a slew of projects at Nimtala Ghat crematorium, which included electric chullis and two environment-friendly wooden chullis. She also inaugurated the renovated memorial for Rabindranath Tagore at Nimtala Ghat and a memorial for Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa at Kashipur Ghat.
Highlights of her speech on the occasion:
- Several years passed since independence. No one ever thought of renovating the place where last rites of Ramakrishna was held.
- We took over Roy Villa in the Hills where she breathed her last. We handed over to the Ramakrishna Mission. It is a heritage.
- We will not allow any insult to the culture of Bengal. We will maintain the heritage.
- We asked Rabindra Bharati University to set up another campus so that we could renovate Jorasanko museum.
- Kazi Nazrul Islam was ignored in West Bengal. He was an iconic poet. We named a university after him.
- We set up Nazrul Tirtha, Rabindra Tirtha. We are setting up a Centre of Excellence named after Swami Vivekananda.
- We are building Dhano Dhanye stadium, named after the patriotic song penned by Dwijendralal Roy.
- Religion does not teach discrimination. Sadbhavana means Sarva Dharma Samannyay.
- We have built a new temple of Kapil Muni at Gangasagar. We are building a big Gateway to Gangasagar. The priest at Kapil Muni Ashram said the gateway will be called Sarva Dharma Sambhava.
- No matter how much you abuse me, I will keep working for the people.
- It is our duty to preserve the spot where Rabindranath Tagore was cremated.
- There were only 4 electric chullis in Nimtala Ghat. Now there are 12.
- Today is a holy day. People will take holy dip at Gangasagar from tonight. Lakhs of pilgrims come here for the occasion.
- We have made arrangements for the pilgrims visiting Gangasagar. We withdrew tax that they had to pay for visiting Gangasagar.
- Bengal is the only State where we have not levied water tax.
- CREDAI has given Rs 2.5 crore for development work under CSR. I thank them for the support.
- We beautified Ganga ghats. We beautified Millennium Park. Like London, Kolkata Eye is coming up soon.
- We will develop Nimtala Ghat like other ghats in Kolkata.
- Ramakrishna Mission, Bharat Sevasram Sangha work for all. We believe in harmony of all religions.
- United we stand, divided we fall. We respect all religions. Ramakrishna Paramhansa said Joto mot, toto poth. We must follow his ideals.