The curtain is going to rise for the sixth edition of Dhaka Literary Festival from today where writers and artists from all corners of the world will be gathering together. One of the highlights of the festival will be a tribute to one of Bangladesh's beloved writers, the late Syed Shamsul Haq, with a production of his short novel, Neel Dongshon in English.
There are some writers without whose existence the Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) cannot actually be conceptualized. It is not so because their works were launched and talks featured in DLF many times over. It is rather so because their achievements in literature are so big that one perhaps cannot imagine any literary event of true potential without them; because their vision of literature is so rich that the DLF has drawn unrestrainedly from their works to shape its own vision that lies in embracing diversity and divergent views.
Syed Shamsul Haq was one such writer who left forever on September 27. His body of work is so vast and powerful that most of us are touched by it in some way or other. This year's DLF will give a fitting tribute to him and his work through discussions and staging one of his novellas, Neel Dongshon, which is one of the modern classics of Bangladeshi literature. The short novel may have been published in the 1970s but it remains extremely relevant to this contemporary times: the struggle of the word against brute forces is still, unfortunately, ongoing.
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