Noted wordsmith Syed Shamsul Haq recited modern poetry at the Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, as part of the cultural events surrounding “Poradrishti” (“Second Sight”), the inaugural exhibition of the precinct featuring selected works by S M Sultan. Bengal Foundation hosted an evening of poetry and music on Tuesday.
Syed Shamsul Haq dedicated the recital to SM Sultan and his works. He recited poem of rural life, political uncertainty and of love, poems he had never recited before at any public gathering. Esraj player Asit Biswas accompanied him in the recital.
Apart from poetry, Haq also shared memories of the times he spent with Sultan. The author walked down the memory lane while recalling his youthful days spent with Sultan. “Sultan bhai and I used to sit on the bank of Chitra River and share tobacco, during our random discussions. Sultan bhai was like a member of my in-law's family; whenever he went to Jessore he met my mother-in-law and had at least one meal cooked by her,” Haq recalled.
Haq also shared his views on poetry and recited from the works of great poets including Persian poet Hafez, English poet TS Eliot and Tagore.
Syed Shamsul Haq has been reciting poetry since the 1960's but he started performing in public a decade ago. This was Haq's fourth solo poetry recital with Bengal Foundation.
The youngest writer to have received the Bangla Academy Award at the age of 29, multifaceted writer Syed Shamsul Haq is reputed for his poetry fiction and plays. He is also noted for a number of inimitable songs in Bangladesh's films. His literary works have been included in the curriculum of school, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level Bengali literature in Bangladesh.