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Humayun Ahmed -No More July 22, 2012

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Life, Literature.

Humayun Ahmed has died in New York on 19 July at 11-20 BDT. Humayun Ahmed was on treatment for months in USA for colon cancer. He was given extensive chemotherapy and undergone a final operation from which he didn’t recover. Just before his operation, he visited Bangladesh and stayed at his Nuhas Palli for 20 days. During his stay in this remote resort complex, he expressed his hope for life and his dream for more works. He was hopeful of his coming back to normal life, his surgeons gave him that impression.
But he died over the complications of the operation and it was so unexpected for the people of Bangladesh. The news was instantly telecast over the electronic media. The normal schedule of TVs had been changed. I was lucky to listen to a talk show participated by his close associates-Syed Shamsul Hoque, Nasiruddin Yusuf, Jewel Aich and Anisul Hoque in the channel Eye in the midnight after his death. All were in their high emotions for the loss of their close friend and a great litterateur of the country.

I knew Humayun Ahmed in my college days through his first two novels- Nandita Narake and Shankhanil Karagar. That created an instant love for his characters in me and that continued for years. Then we have seen his characters Himu-an anti-logic and Misir Ali-a mysterious inquisitive person. Many readers of his books would identify themselves with the characters.

We also started to love his TV dramas and serials from the very first one. Every episode was very well-knitted, mixed with sorrows and happiness and of course humour. Some of his characters were too popular and the best one was Baker Bhai for whom protests and processions were staged at different parts of the country not to hang him.

We didn’t miss any of his films where his excellence also shines . We enjoyed with our full family and friends- ‘Aguner Parashmoni, Shankhanil karagar, Shamal Chaya.

He is an accomplished artist in all the areas that he has trodden- short story, fiction, travel, biographical writings, historical fictions, drama and films. His newspaper columns on national issues also very touchy and inspiring.

He will be remembered by the young and old alike for long and his creations will last the test of time.

An ordinary citizen

Humayun Ahmed-Wikipedia

Nazrul -Our National Poet May 27, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Literature.
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Nazrul -1Kazi Nazrul Islam is the second to Rabindranath as poet in Bangla Literature. During Rabindranath life time and even after, there is none other than Nazrul who could challenge the dominance of Rabindranath at least in some domains of literature.

Nazrul who born in 1988, his 110th Birth Anniversary was observed on 25th of May, 2009.

Nazrulcame to the filed of literature in all of a sudden like a comet in 1920s with his poems creating a stir in the literary circle then mainly based in calcutta.

He then wrote relentlessly in different field of literature- poetry, songs,novel, short story etc. There was some reluctance to accept him as an independent genius but it is Rabindranath himself who extended his testimony to this new star of Bangali Literature.

Him poems came with a new style, more rebellious in tune for which he was named “Rebel Poet’,  beautiful choice of words mingled with words from Arabic, Persian and other literature gave a new dimension to our literature

In addition to his poem, he composed thousands of songs of different nature ranging from nationalistic to spiritual creating a trend in music known as ‘Nazrul Giti’ and surpassing in number than any other composer in Bengali. It is heard to believe that he used to write ten to 12 songs a day. His total number of songs is 4000, but many of them are lost.

He was a natural writer, wherever he goes, he absorbed in his writing in the midst of a gathering, by the side of a pond or looking through a window.

He led a life with multiple experiences, starting from working in a grocery shop in his early days to joining  in the British Army in the 1st World War.

He also associated with the then independent movement of the country that wanted to free the country from the British by military means. Many of his poems has sympathetic to the group. He also edited some literary magazines which had impact on the Contemporary time and thereafter.

He was put to jail for his opposition to the British occupation of India in his journal and in his works of literature.

Nazrul is a symbol of communal coexistence in his own life and literature. After his failed first marriageto a Muslim family, his lasting married life was with PromilaDevi from a Hindu Family of the then East Bengal who gave birthto his two children. He wrote religious songs on both the major religions practiced in the area and his songs on Islam still the best on the subject.

Nazrul songs and poems acted as the sustained source of inspiration for the liberation war of Bangladesh and one of his song was the war song of the liberation war.

Nazrul become speechless since 1942 that cut short his productive life and creating a vacuum in the literary field of Bengal. He was brought to Bangladesh in 1973 by  Bangabandhu Sk Mujibar Rahman and honoured him as the National Poet of Bangladesh.

One thing remain always a mystery to me is how Nazrul being of a poor background and working odd jobs since his childhood attained such a mastery over literature and made a lasting impression in the field?

An ordinary citizen

25th Baishakh: Exploring the Versatility of Rabindra Genius May 8, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Culture, Literature.
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tagoreToday is 25th Baishakh. It’s the 148th birth anniversary of the greatest poet of Bengal Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). The day is coloured with different events including musical soiree, discussion meeting, drama, art competition etc.
Different TV channels also telecasted programs of various types.

But the whole day I was thinking the versatility of Rabindra genius. I doubt one would not get a comparable genius in other literature who has traded all the departments of literature with same mastery. We have seen genius like Shakespaere, Shaw, Ebsen who shine in Drama, seen Shelly, Byron, TS Eliots or Yeats in poetry, Chekob, Tolstoy in novel but Rabindranath is the exception who wrote with equal energy and depth in poetry, songs, story, novel, and essays.

The songs he has wriitten are 2230 in number, they are also of various type ranging from romantic to spiritual, he himself gave tune to the lyrics and in giving the tune he explored the music of both the western and local songs. He had great affection for folk composer Lalon and Hasan Raja’s spiritual songs. The songs of RT are of very meningful, expressive,relevant, thoughtful and intellectual. His songs are more message-oriented and the music is set with the words so the it doesn’t suppress the meaning. The limitation of RT songs is that it is not enjoyed and understood by the general mass.The songs are mainly for the literates.

RT got the Nobel Prize in Poetry in 1913 for his work Gitanjali which he translated to English by himself. The excellence of Rabindra poetry has not yet exceeded by any poet in the language.

Regarding short story it is said that RT would live ages through the short stories he has written and the character he has potrayed in those stories.

His stories are always an important source of script for the Bangali films. He himself play roles in the film in 1930’s.

His dance drama gave a new dimention to this creative art. His songs remain always a strong supporting component to the dance practiced in this part.

His casual artwork, many of which are done on his pieces of poetry created a new line of artistry again depicts his creativity.

He has own his philishopy of life which is scattered in his differents essays and writings. In one word he may be termed as a humanist- he longs for all the good in life and on earth.

His feeling for patrotism was also of high. He rejected knigthood in protest against the killing by the British in Jalinwalabag. He had close relation with Mahatha Gandhi who also visited the BishaBarati. He was also sympathetic to the then nationalist movement.

He has his own thoughts on education out of which he developed his own centre of education of BishaBharati and Santi Niketan. He prefered more natural way of teaching and many comtemporary academics of different countries taught in his institution and the instution is continuing to remain one of the most influencial academy in the subcontinent.

I am impressed by his interest in agriculture and in his attempt to mechanise the agriculture in our country. He also introduced Agricultural Bank in the country to give financial support to the farmers.

He is the only person in the history whose songs are at the same time the national anthem of two different countries – Bangladesh and India.

Though the new generation is trying to develop thier own style of songs and music, the thoughts of RT will always influence them.

An ordinary citizen