The 30th National Poetry Festival (Jatiya Kabita Utshab) concluded today at Dhaka University's Central Library premises.
The festival began yesterday, under the theme "Kobita Moitrir, Kobita Shantir" (Poetry for friendship, poetry for peace).
The festival, set off with the rendition of the national and festival anthem, was inaugurated by eminent poet Shamsul Haq after paying tribute at the mausoleum of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and the Central Shaheed Minar.
Poet Habibullah Siraji read out the festival declaration and poet Aminur Rahman Sultan read out a condolence motion commemorating those who died in 2015 and contributed to the cultural and political arena.
"Poetry is the purest voice of humanity, it has inspired us to win over evil," said Syed Shamsul Haque and urged poets to fight against autocracy, militancy and fundamentalism through verses.
More than 200 poets of eight countries have participated at the festival. A poetry recitation session was held in the evening and a photo exhibition of previous festivals and the then political state was also open for spectators.