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Blissfully immersed in Tagore compositions

Tête-à-tête with Dr. Mabubur Rahman Chowdhury

The English romantic poet Wordsworth once famously said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotions recollected in tranquility.” These two statements seem contradictory, but Wordsworth's theory of poetry involved the fusion of the two statements. In a sense, powerful feelings and profound thoughts make poetry perfect. Wordsworth's view was that the poet can't rely on sensibilities alone. He has to be a person who has also thought long and deeply. Once that happens, a calm mind is equally necessary to recall past emotions.

No matter what the statements suggest, poetry -- being the essence of any literature -- follows no time, space and conventional boundaries. Enjoying poetry soothes our hearts; refines our sensibilities and rejuvenates our nostalgia.

Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury is an eye-specialist by profession, but he is a passionate elocutionist who knows how to pour precise emotion to beautify the heart of poetry. Poetry attracts him immensely. He sees the reflection of his desires into the realm of poetry. The presence of Rabindranath Tagore reigns supreme in the heart of Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury, who, as his deep homage and love for the bard, manages to keep time to enjoy and recite poems and listen to Tagore songs. “I always try to be in touch with Tagore. I listen to his songs when I talk to my patients, and even, when I do perform subtle operation. Tagore songs and poems are my profound inspiration. They removes my tiredness and energises me greatly,” said Mahbubur Rahman.

The elocutionist fondly recites Tagore masterpieces like “Antor Momo”, “Hothaat Dekha”, “Mone Pora” and more. He shares his artistic thoughts and regularly sits for adda sessions on poetry and recitation with elocutionist Fakhrul Islam Tara.

Presentation of love, melancholy, conscience, tradition, history, heritage, satire and of course the patriotic passion and spirit also make an appearance through his recitations of several Bangla poems including “Tomar Bondhon”, “Bodhon”, “Ami Kingbodontir Kotha Bolchi”, “Ami Kono Agontuk Noi”, “Matribhumi, Ki Jeno Tomar Naam Chhilo?”, “Kichhui Nijossho Noy” and “Matribhumir Jonno” composed by Poets -- Nirmalendu Goon, Sukanto Bhattacharya, Abu Zafar Obaidullah, Ahsan Habib, Tarik Sujat, Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal and Srijan Sen respectively.

A recitation album titled “Tomar Bondhon” by Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury was launched at Chhayanaut in 2013. In the album, the elocutionist has recorded 16 poems composed by Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Jibanananda Das, Mahadev Saha, Helal Hafiz, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Rudra Muhammad Shahidullah and others.

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