Dhaka, July 12 -- The 83rd birth anniversary of the late poet Al-Mahmud, one of the finest Modernist poets in the Bengali language, was observed Thursday. The legendary poet was born 11th July, 1936 at Morail village of present day Brahmanbaria district.

It was Al Mahmud's first birth anniversary since his death aged 82 last February.

Several organizations observed the legendary poet's birth anniversary with commemorative programmes. Kobi Ebong Kabita, a poets' collective, arranged a program titled 'Al Mahmud Utsab' at Kabita Cafe in the city's Katabon, featuring a discussion among poets Md Nurul Huda, Zahidul Haque, Shahin Reza and others reminiscing on Mahmud's life, legacy and literary prowess.

Meanwhile, his friends, family and wel...