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31st National Poetry Festival begins Feb 1

DHAKA, Jan 7, 2017 (BSS) - Jatiya Kobita Parishad will stage the annual National Poetry Festival on the premises of Dhaka University Central Library on February 1 and 2.

With the slogan "Barborata Mane Na Kobita" subtitled "Poem Does Not Accept Barbarism," the Parishad is going to host the 31st annual episode of the festival.

Modern Bengali Poet Belal Chowdhury will inaugurate the festival at 10 am on February 1.

Jatiya Kobita Parishad president poet Dr Mohammad Samad announced the programme at a press conference at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) here today while its general secretary Tariq Sujat read out the written statement.

Poets Rabiul Hussain, Habibullah Siraji, Kazi Rozy, MP, Sajjad Kadir, Halim Azad, Aslam Sunny, Dilara Hafiz and Harisul Haque also presented the different aspects of the festival.

"Poets from all the 64 districts of the country can recite their poems after making registration," Poet Samad said. He requested the poets to register their names by submitting a copy of their poems to the organizers. The registration is open at DU TSC 2nd floor office from 4pm to 8pm everyday.

Poets from India, China and Sweden are expected to join the festival, he added.

The two-day festival would feature elaborate programmes - including recitation of poems, songs on Ekushey, seminar, discussion and exhibition on poets and poetry.