A potent poet: In remembrance of Samudra Gupta

Saturday, August 6th, 2011
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Staff Correspondent


Pakkhik Audikoron and Poet Samudra Gupta Memorial Academy jointly organised a memorial meeting on Samudra Gupta at Seminar Hall, Central Public Library in the city on July 23.


July 19 marked the 3rd death anniversary of the poet.


Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan was present as chief guest. Cultural personality Shankar Shawjal and poets Rezauddin Stalin, Abdul Hai spoke on the occasion. Habibullah Shirazi, president of Jatiya Kabita Parishad, presided over the meeting.


Habibullah Shirazi said, “Gupta’s verses are distinguished by their meticulousness and potency. He was a patriotic poet. He took part in the mass upsurge in 1969 and Liberation War. His poetry highlights secularism, patriotism, struggles and optimism.”


Rezauddin Stalin said, “Gupta was an internationally recognised poet. His poems have been translated into French, English, Hindi, Nepalese, Chinese, Urdu and Norwegian.”


Shahjahan Khan said, “Gupta was a passionate poet and a professional journalist. He worked at several newspapers and weeklies. He created a strong voice against communalism and social and religious bigotry. He wrote poems, novels, essays and more. His style was bolder and more candid than his contemporaries.”


At the programme, a number of promising poets recited their poems on Samudra Gupta.


Samudra Gupta (named Abdul Mannan by parents) was born on June 23, 1946, at Hashil village, Sirajganj district. He adopted the alias ‘Samudra Gupta’ during the 1960s and was widely recognised by his penname throughout his life and career. He wrote thirteen books of poetry, as well as one work of fiction and a book of poetry as collaboration with another writer.

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