To mark the 117th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam a festival titled "AB Bank-Channel i Nazrul Mela" will be held today at 4pm at Channel i Bhavan, Tejgaon Industrial Area in the city. Renowned Nazrul artiste Ferdous Ara will perform in the festival as the advisor of its organising committee. The award giving ceremony for "Nazrul Mela Ajion Shommanona" will also be held. The award is given annually by Channel i for working with Nazrul compositions. A fair comprising twenty stalls containing writings by Nazrul, books on Nazrul, movies on Nazrul, earliest recorded versions of Nazrul scores, artworks on Nazrul will be set up for the festival. The festival will be aired live by Channel i.
Ferdous Ara read out the name of this year's winner of honourary award for contribution to Nazrul works during a press conference held on May 14 at Channel i Bhavan. This year's awardee is Ustad Xulhas Uddin Ahmed. Faridur Reza Sagar, managing director of Channel i and Impress Telefilm and Chowdhury Monjur Liakat, executive vice-president of AB Bank Ltd were also present at the press conference.
Apart from this Ferdous Ara will again conduct a musical show at 8pm. The show is titled "Tomar Shure." A telefilm comprising a number of incidents happening in the life of Nazrul will be aired at 2.40pm on Channel i. The telefilm named "Rokte Lekha" stars Tarik Anam Khan, Neelanjana Neela, Obak Rahman Riad, Washekur and more.