Kazi Nazrul Islam
Popularly known as the Rebel Poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam is also the national poet of Bangladesh. However, it would seem most appropriate to consider him a voice and beacon of Global Belonging.
Although his active life was short, Nazrul contributed to a wide variety of cultural and social themes. In the realm of literature he wrote poetry, songs, drama, hamd/naat, prose and novels. His life was an ongoing struggle. Yet he managed to join the British military, edit newspapers and magazines, and organize/participate in political/literary organizations. He also served some jail time for invoking the wrath of India’s (then) British Raj. The Raj banned some of his books. Please visit the main Nazrul site in order to learn more about Nazrul.
When appreciating the spectrum of selections presented here, one should bear in mind the third goal of the Nazrul website:
To present Nazrul in his FULL-spectrum, the dimensions of his life Muslims, non-Muslims, secularists, leftists, or feminists may LOVE or HATE
NOTE: The audio files are mostly in mp3 format, although some can still be stream-played using RealPlayer. All files will eventually be available in mp3 format only. If you wish to contribute any audio file please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org; (alternatively, email@example.com ). In order to play these files in .rm format you will need RealPlayer (older versions may not work). You can download it for free from:
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Notably, many audio files were received directly from the artists and added with their permission. Only one or two samples from a collection were used in other cases. This is a volunteer effort to better-introduce Nazrul; the samples are to help share the works of Nazrul artistes. In case there is a copyright issue please let us know, and we’ll endeavor to resolve the issue promptly.