Portal:Kazi Nazrul Islam

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Kazi Nazrul Islam


Kazi Nazrul Islam (Bengali language: কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম) was a Bengali poet, musician and revolutionary who pioneered poetic works espousing intense spiritual rebellion against fascism and oppression. Born into a Bengali Muslim Quazi (Kazi) family, Nazrul received religious education and worked as a muezzin at a local mosque. He learned of poetry, drama, and literature while working with theatrical groups. Nazrul's writings explore themes such as love, freedom, and revolution ; he opposed all bigotry, including religious and gender. Throughout his career, Nazrul wrote short stories, novels, and essays but is best known for his poems, in which he pioneered new forms such as Bengali ghazals. Nazrul wrote and composed music for his nearly 4,000 songs (including gramophone records), collectively known as Nazrul geeti (Nazrul songs), which are widely popular today. Invited by the Government of Bangladesh, Nazrul and his family moved to Dhaka in 1972, where he died four years later. Dukhu Miya, the nick named kabi, Kazi was rebel poet of Bengal. But he was also master in writing poetry on romance, nature, brotherhood, nationalism and a lot more.


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Selected poem

Bidrohi (Bengali language: "বিদ্রোহী", English: The Rebel) is one of the most famous Bengali poems, written by Kazi Nazrul Islam in December, 1921.

Few lines from Bidrohi

I am the unutterable grief,

I am the trembling first touch of the virgin,
I am the throbbing tenderness of her first stolen kiss.
I am the fleeting glance of the veiled beloved,
I am her constant surreptitious gaze...


Selected song

Onward march, Onward march, Onward march (Bengali language: চল্‌ চল্‌ চল্‌, Chal Chal Chal) is the national marching song of Bangladesh. This song is belongs to his famous book titled as The Evening (Sandhya: সন্ধ্যা).

English translation of Onward march


   Onward march, Onward march, Onward march
   By a drum beat to a heavenly height
   From earth beneath and soil's blight
   Youth rise in the dawn's light,
   Onward march, Onward march, Onward march
   Onward march, Onward march, Onward march

   Through dawn's door, a shattering blow
   We will bring daybreak, scarlet in glow;
   We will destroy the gloom of the night
   And hindering mountain height, 



Firoza Begum is a Bangladeshi Nazrul Sangeet singer. She lived in Kolkata from 1954 until she moved to Dhaka in 1967. Her sons Hamin Ahmed and Shafin Ahmed are also musicians. They are currently the members of rock band Miles.


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  • ... Kazi Nazrul Islam was known as Dukhu Mia?

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