Fazlul Haque a poet apart Alone – An Article Written by Professor Dr. Shafiuddin Ahmed

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Fazlul Haque a poet apart Alone

Written by Professor Dr. Shafiuddin Ahmed

 

“While quenching my human thirst,
I have known like many a reflection-
Victory contains so many irresistible defeats.
In the hope of all destruction, if a day ends and begins again,
I won’t hesitate to drink any lethal poison.”

Fazlul Haque

 

Bengali poetry at this moment is negotiating with its ambivalences and searching for new paradigms from the pulsating life around. It bespeaks of an unquenchable and tantalizing thirst-always frustrated yet forever renewed. In the ultimate analysis, time remains the supreme protagonist whose creative assimilation or monodimensional negation always determines the ebbs and tides in Bengali poetry.

Time rolls on deconstructing everything around which includes value-system, worldview, faiths and beliefs, truths and positions, preferences and conclusions. When both subjectivity and objectivity are in a flux, nothing in finalizable. Yet, because of this unique openness, it also becomes an unavoidable responsibility for all serious readers of literary and cultural paradigms to be relentless interrogators. Questions are to be reorganised continuously and all tentative responses are to be critically examined. Particularly on the wake of hegemonic globalization, blatant consumerism is obliterating all hitherto established nuances of human universe.

It’s a stark reality that contemporary Bengali poems of Bangladesh have been passing through a period of pangs and agonies over the years. Yet, there is a controversy regarding the fact that Bangladeshi poems have reached international standard. However, this claim is not baseless at all.

 

Although by the mighty power of Globalization publicity of art, literature is captivated in everywhere. Bengali poems have surpassed the border of Dhaka and Kolkata and flourished in villages and in small towns also. The elements of poems include tradition, legend, experience, emotion, passion, love for history and post-modernism. It is unfortunate that poems of suburbs hardly find their way of publicity through leading media.

Fazlul Haque’s poems are representative of such significant features, who show their ingenuity and individuality without the notice of the so-called populist media and publicity lords. His literary works mainly prose and poetries are published from Dhaka and Kolkata based newspapers and literary magazines. Although he is not so popular but tangible and intangible visuals of his poetries rejoice noble verses of his mother country.

Influnce of isolation from Dhaka based poetry politics his writings are profoundly felt in his poetics. This isolation perhaps makes his poem much enriched, beautiful and unique. Though the number of his published books are not large, he has acquired kudos and left his presence in his works for his newness and lucidity. His language, idealism and inner beauty have helped him attain a lustrous position in the realm of Bengali poets. Anyone willing to taste the real flavor of life, lifestyle, pain and pleasure one can collect and search this poetic works. This is why he is rewarded as a poet apart alone.

 

    Fazlul Haque a rather obscure and controversial poet of contemporary bengali literature, was born on September 1, 1961 in a village Kashba, Panchakhanda (presently Beanibazar Upazila), one of the ancient regions of district Sylhet, Bangladesh. He achived his Graduation Degree from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Later he  served Govt. services and retired at the end.

His spiritual relationship with the ancient Indian intelligentsia and his unrestrained literary prodigy has established himself as a true successor of the lineage of a bunch of Panchakhanda-born philosophers and scholars well-known in the history of Bengali literary itinerary like philosopher Raghunatha Siromani, Srivasa Thakura- a close associate of Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, poet Vrindavana Dasa Thakura, Triluchan Nayabagish, Maheswar Nyayalankar, martyred intellectual Dr. Govinda Chandra Dev and his mentor and teacher Professor Dr. Tapodhir Bhattacharjee-one of the Indian Academics, Theorist, Poet Critic also a leading exponents on Rabindranath Tagore and Jibanananda Das.

Besides penning down poems, he wrote prose and lyric poetry. He is not only a lyricist of National Broadcasting Authority but also well known and thoroughly respected both as a Socio-cultural thinker, Humanist and also a Marxist by ideology. He has created his own trait in his writings. ‘Prithak Dangshan’ and ‘Kabir Janmadin’ , “Shankha Ghoser Sange Nirbasaner Dine” are his well known poetical textures. He edited ‘Topodhir Bhattacharjee : Life and Works’…. etc.

 

Honored home and abroad, he was awarded prestigious London Award 2004, by London poetry centre, England, in collaboration with Bangladesh Research Centre, UK.

……. on that occasion his poetical works are re-visited  by veteran Irish poet and critic  Enda Wyley cited… as ever before, through his imagistic, complex, dazzling poems, Fazlul’s immortal inheritancia, intelligence, and the width of his learning comes concentrated into brilliant mediations of what poetry can do when reflecting upon an essential theme of human culture. Subaltern cultural ethos post-modern readings glorious roots of inheritance frames his mighty poetical texture, our deleted time and readings magically reconnected with his poems within our presence, through style science we can mark his poetics a classical rhythm belongs his own aesthetic flavor fragrance echoes.

He visited home and abroad. As a scholar and thinker he was invited for delivering lectures in several national and international universities.

The English speaking world readers are almost known about his poetry through translation. Fazlul’s poetries are translating thoroughly for long times. Inquisitive readers and critics are found it convenient to compare the translated texts with the originals. Some of the world readers are penning reaction and comments on his poetries. We can quote here worldwide remarks outlining from online publications arena.

In a textual review…..citing Fazlul Haque, the mighty and inspirational voice of his time, eminent Indian literary critic Bishwajit Choudhury says, ”Rabindranath Tagore cut ties with the traditioal style of writings with his wider and diverse entity in his thoughts. Following the path of Tagore,  Fazlul Haque has reconstructed his poetic world in the face of tremendous and aggressively all-pervading influence of modernism and left his individual signature in his writings combined with idealism and values where poetry has to emerge as a potent vehicle of expression from the middle of his pursuit of truth in line with  the revolution of words. Undoubtedly, he is a noble one.”

 

Global scholar poet critic readers are accepted his poetry with an idea of the height of bengali poetry honestly with his own poetic diction by his exotic metaphors and imageries. He is tempted as most genuine poet of our time.

 

Dr. Shafiuddin Ahmed
Professor
Department of Linguistics and Literature
Shahjalal University of Science & Technology,
Sylhet, Bangladesh.
August, 2020

 

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