A portrait of Hason Raja
The 92nd death anniversary of the mystic poet and lyricist Hason Raja passed almost silently on Sunday without any formal celebrations. Hason Raja’s family members and fans say Hason Raja has been ignored even at his birth place in Sunamganj though many talented singers have earned popularity in the country rendering his timeless songs. They criticised the government not for organising any national level programme. Even the district Shilpakala Academy and Hason Raja Parishad did not organise any programme marking the day. Hason Raja (December 21, 1854-December 1922) was born in a zamindar family and became the zamindar of a greater region of the haor areas in Sylhet-Sunamganj region at the age of 15. But, his urge for knowing the universal truth made him a kind of ascetic. So, he renounced the worldly attraction and started composing mystic poems and songs such as Janto Jodi Hason Raja Bachbo Kato Din, Banito Dalan Kotha, Loke Bole. Dewan Ganiul Saladeen, a descendant of Hason Raja, told New Age that only the birth anniversary of Hason Raja is celebrated with a festive mood. ‘But, his death anniversary is not observed,’ he said. Sunamganj Sammilita Sangskritik Jote general secretary Shamsul Alam Selim said, ‘The apathy towards celebrating the death anniversary of the legendary mystic poet by the authorities concerned reminds us of his eternal verses describing the meaninglessness in earthly benefits.’ Saidur Rahman Sayeed, an author and cultural activist of Bishwanath in Sylhet, said they used to organise programmes marking death and birth anniversaries of Hason Raja at his ancestral house at Rampasha in Sylhet. ‘But, no programme can be organised these days at the dilapidated building,’ he said. Hason Raja’s descendent Saladeen, also a patron of the Hason Raja Parishad, criticised the government for not being able to complete Hason Raja Academy in Sunamganj in time. ‘Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy initiated the Tk 8 crore project in 2008 but failed to complete it in due time,’ he said. Despite negligence from the government, Dewan Ganiul Saladeen appreciated Radharaman Parishad, another forum that promotes ideology and songs of mystic poet Radharaman, for organising Hason Raja’s death anniversary observation programme at the Sunamganj Shilpakala Academy on Sunday. ‘We appreciate the endeavour of Radharaman Parishad for organising such a programme,’ Saladeen said.
Source: New Age