Azfar Hussain

November 7, 2020
November 7, 2020

Fakir Lalon Shah: Subjects, Sites, and Signs

Fakir Lalon Shah—who orally composed thousands of songs in Bengali —died on October 17, 1890—on Kartik 01, 1297 (the Bengali year).

September 19, 2020
September 19, 2020

Mathematics and Poetry: Some Impressions

I think I’ve always loved mathematics in my own ways.

May 30, 2020
May 30, 2020

Nazrul’s Nonfiction Prose and the Question of Human Emancipation

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976)—one of the greatest Bengali poets—has by now been fully assimilated into the literary canon and even into public discourse in Bangladesh.

January 18, 2020
January 18, 2020

Some Issues in Medieval Bangla Literature: Baru Chandidas and Vidyapati

It is undoubtedly a challenging task to characterize the world of medieval Bangla literature, given its rich diversity and staggering magnitude.

October 19, 2019
October 19, 2019

Jibanananda Das: Poetics, Politics, Political Economy

Jibanananda Das (1899-1954) is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets in the Bengali language. His poetry in particular has already made possible a staggering range of interpretive adventures...

August 11, 2019
August 11, 2019

Of Itching and Scratching

I, an itching palm? —William Shakespeare

June 23, 2019
June 23, 2019

Serajul Islam Choudhury: Our leading literary and cultural critic

Life is all about enjoying work,” said Serajul Islam Choudhury on his eightieth birthday. Widely acclaimed as our foremost intellectual and as our leading literary and cultural critic, Choudhury...

May 25, 2019
May 25, 2019

Kazi Nazrul Islam and Our Struggle for Emancipation

I am a poet of the present, and not a prophet of the future. […] My birth in this country and this society does not mean that I shall remain constricted and confined to them. No, I belong to all...

June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018

Serajul Islam Choudhury - Our Leading Intellectual and Inspiration

He confronts, challenges, and combats the world with words. But his words become more than words. They morph into weapons in our struggles against oppression and injustice. For him, of course,...

May 26, 2018
May 26, 2018

Kazi Nazrul Islam: Some Questions and Concerns

In his voice we continue to hear the cadences, inflections, and accents of resistance and even revolution.