Rashid Haider is a noted author and scholar. He is the current executive director of Nazrul Institute. As the executive director, he has taken some initiatives for the development of the organisation. “Nazrul was secular, and his poems, prose bear witness to that. Through the institute's activities, we want to establish this aspect of the National Poet,” said Haider.
“Nazrul's literary works, in particular the compilations, have great demand among enthusiasts. We have given priority on Nazrul's literature. The books are continuously being reprinted by the institute. In these past few months, we have published "Nazrul Sangeet Nirdeshika" by Bramhamohan Thakur; "Bidrohi Kobi O Bangabandhu" edited by Nurul Huda; "Nazrul Sangeet Swaralipi" (1st and 2nd Part) by Sudhin Das; "Nazrul Sangeet Swaralipi Raag Darshan" by Krishnapad Mandol; "British Raj & the Rebel Poet Nazrul" by Dr. Shishir Kar; "Nazrul-er Kobita Samagra" and "Nazrul-er Prabandho Samagra" etc.
“Nazrul Institute has always focused on music and recitation. Many students are enrolled in our music and recitation classes. The students are trained according to the original gramophone records of Nazrul's compositions. There are 33 books of swaralipi (musical notation) published by the institute. More publications are in the pipeline," Haider added.
“Last June, Nazrul Institute arranged a musical soiree at the National Museum where 64 Nazrul artistes from all districts of the country participated. The programme was lively and audience participation was very encouraging. This is a positive sign for us," the scholar said.
According to him, many students are now researching on Nazrul and some are working on their theses on the National Poet.
"We have plans to set up two institutions in Comilla and Chittagong city where Nazrul stayed for some time," Haider said.
"This year on the occasion of Nazrul's death anniversary, we arranged an essay competition on the poet for students of schools, colleges and universities. We receive a big response,” said an enthusiastic Haider.
Rashid hoped, “We are going to publish 10 to 12 research books on Nazrul in the fiscal year 2009-2010.”