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Bibhas Roy Chowdhury’s Poetic Journey Continues..
|by Santanu Halder|
Poem Continuous originally written in Bengali by Bibhas Roy Chowdhury and translated by Kiriti Sengupta .Published by Inner Child Press,U.S.A.
Among the master builders of contemporary Bengali poetry, Bibhas Roy Chowdhury, is a significant name. Roy Chowdhury, the bard on the banks of Ichhamati, is one of the noted Bengali poets of the ‘90s. His poems are like pearls to be read over and over again. Through the apparently disordered but in the deeper sense meaningful words of his poems, the poet has always been translating his philosophical thoughts, untold poetic emotions into poetry. Poetry reigns supreme in his inner self. In this brilliant poetry collection, the poet chronicles the different shades and colours of human existence which centers round his own poetic creation, life, love, pangs of Partition of Bengal, and his own sorrows and sufferings etc. In the words of noted poet Sunil Gangopadhyay “Bibhas’s poems have provided much support to the livelihood and struggle. Bangladesh prosper in his poems”. Yes,his poems bear the flavor of his native soil-his birthplace, the terminal town Bongaon (in West Bengal) just 6 km away from Bangladesh border. He is essentially a powerful voice in Bengali poetry. “He is a poet of new empowerment” so said by the eminent poet Joy Goswami.
In the poem “Bhatiali-Song of The Boatmen” the poet, who had spent some days in a refugee camp during the Partition of Bengal,has wonderfully depicted his pangs of the Partition of Bengal in these lines-
One can, no doubt, agree with the translator when he writes “His wounds are fresh even now;wounds are essentially native, and they are difficult to translate into other languages.”
In the poem “The Odor Of Being Upset” he strongly avouches that “ I will stand against death (p30). It reminds of Donne’s Death, be not Proud or Dylan Thomas’ “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”. The difference is, he wants to conquer death with “A strong dose of poetry”. Riding on the viewless wings of poetry the poet wants to reach beyond the mundane existence. This beautiful poem touches the inner corridor of hearts of the readers.
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