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Thursday, July 26, 2012


It is difficult to describe the multifaceted personality of Kazi Nazrul Islam in one word - poet, playwright and actor, composer,lyricist writing songs and poems for plays and musicals steeped in folklore and ancient history of the land. He was the eternal wanderer who enlisted into the Indian Army for his youthful love of 
the unknown. He was well versed into Sanskrit and Bengali literature. He also acquired the knowledge of Persian and was influenced by Tagore, Rumi,Hafiz and Omar Khayyam.He vehemently attacked the British  rule through his writings and was charged with sedition.He was humanist and secular to the core and named his children with Hindu names like Krishna Mohammed and Arindam Khalid...
He was equally revered by India and Bangladesh and was awarded Padma Bhushan by India and 'ekushey Padak' by Bangladesh..


I am the unutterable grief,
I am the trembling first touch of the virgin,
I am the throbbing tenderness of her first stolen kiss.
I am the fleeting glance of the veiled beloved,
I am her constant surreptitious gaze...
I am the burning volcano in the bosom of the earth,
I am the wild fire of the woods,
I am Hell's mad terrific sea of wrath!
I ride on the wings of lightning with joy and profundity,
I scatter misery and fear all around,
I bring earth-quakes on this world!  
I am the rebel eternal, 
I raise my head beyond this world,
High, ever erect and alone! 

(excerpts from his Poem Bidrohi...translated by Kabir Chaudhary)


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