Nazrul Islam, known throughout Bangladesh as the "Rebel Poet", died in Dacca on Sunday (29 August) aged 77.
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CU General Ziaur
SCU President Sayem
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Nazrul Islam was born in Western Bengal which is now part of India. His writings first gained recognition while he was serving with the British Army in North Africa during World War 1. Many of his letters home revealed his innermost impressions and aspirations and were published. In 1949 he suffered a stroke which left the left side of his body paralysed. He was unable to speak or write and had not written a word since then.
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Background: Nazrul Islam, known throughout Bangladesh as the "Rebel Poet", died in Dacca on Sunday (29 August) aged 77. Mr. Islam leaves a widow, Ramila, and one son.
SYNOPSIS: The poet -- whose works were widely read -- died in Dacca's Postgraduate Hospital where he had been receiving medical treatment since he moved to Dacca from Calcutta in 1972, after Bangladesh became independent. He was called the "Rebel Poet" after big poem "The Rebel", which he wrote to encourage his countrymen to throw off the shackles of servitude. This and other writings incited millions of Bengalis to rise and reject British colonial rule during the 1930's.
He was also a brilliant composer and had one of the largest collections in the world of ethnic and folk music from many countries. He was buried with full military honours the same afternoon he died, and hundreds of thousands of mourners turned out to pay their last respects. Leading the crowd in prayers way Army Chief, General Ziaur and President Sayem. Afterwards General Ziaur said of Nazrul Islam "Poets may come and poets may ???, but a man like Nazrul comes only once in several centuries".