tucked away in Pakistan Secretariat complex in Saddar of Karachi. All work of Nazrul Academy today is collect dust and maintain the fun of a non-visited day.
It was once a famous Bengali cultural center. The institute has lost its reputation after being displaced so many times that most of the people you ask about it will tell you that it is no longer here.
“The institution was dismantled by order of the Court of First Instance. It’s not here anymore,” said one policeman, when asked about the direction of the slap in the middle of the secretariat. However, only some of the statements were true.
“When was the last time you heard a bangla song or heard about the release of a new bangla book?”
The Nazrul Academy, where between 3,000 and 4,000 works of Bengali literature were actually demolished. But it was demolished somewhere along the crooked alleys of the Pakistan Secretariat, where hardly anyone knew where it was.
When you burn someone’s house Who will they help? Books or family? Haya Fatima Iqbal asked rhetorically. It explains that the common Bengali are reduced to day to day life.
with their identity being hijacked by the state. “Their tragedy was very real. They have to provide food for their families every day. and most of them survived.”
Iqbal, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and assistant professor in the field at Habib University, said affluent cultures like Bengali and cosmopolitan like Karachi were a huge hit.