English news desk :
Thirty poets from seven countries along with a host of local poets are taking part in a two-day international poetry festival at the Hakim Chattar area in Dhaka University. The National Poetry Festival, organised by Jatiya Kabita Parishad, began on Monday with the objective of promoting peace and friendship through poetry. It was inaugurated by noted poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq. Noted Swedish poets Larsh Hager, Bengt Berg and Chatlotte Sederholms, Norwegian poet Erling Ktensen, Moroccan poet Benaissa Bouhmala, Nepalese poets Bidhan Acharya, Sushil Kumar Ramsal and Chet Nath Kenel, and fourteen poets from India participated in the festival. There are also six poets from Taiwan and one from Slovakia. On the opening day, the foreign poets along with their local counterparts took part in a discussion session presided over by DU professor Fakrul Alam. In his speech, Swedish poet Larsh Hager said that he is fond of Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry. ‘Tagore has a firm presence in Sweden; his poetry is admired by the Swedish poetic circles,’ he said. Another Swedish poet, Charlotte Sederholms, said, ‘Poetry connects faiths and societies; I have come to Bangladesh as a representative of my country and we sure have a long way to go together,’ he said. Nepalese poet Bidhan Acharya stressed the importance of poetry in bridging gaps, saying that poets in different countries may speak and write in different languages but they all desire to see peace and friendship among people irrespective of their faith and nationality.