Azfar Hussain

January 25, 2022
January 25, 2022

Michael Madhusudan Datta: Resistance, Rebellion, Rupture

Michael Madhusudan Datta (1824-1873) is widely regarded as the first modern Bangla poet. Well before Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), Madhusudan is even reckoned as the first rebel poet in Bangla literature, although he is by no means a revolutionary like Nazrul.

November 17, 2021
November 17, 2021

Our foremost peasant leader and revolutionary

He was described as an epic hero. His life was intimately involved in the land, labour and language of the poor peasant.

October 17, 2021
October 17, 2021

Fakir Lalon Shah: Love, life and liberation

One cannot decisively introduce—much less sum up—the life and work of Fakir Lalon Shah (c. 1772-1890).

August 29, 2021
August 29, 2021

Kazi Nazrul Islam: Poetry, Politics, Praxis

The only major Bengali poet to have come from the rural proletariat and the first one to have raised—in public—the demand for the total independence of colonial India in 1922, Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) enacts insurrectionary ruptures and breaks with certain old traditions in Bengali poetry while inaugurating new ones.

January 23, 2021
January 23, 2021

Kashinath Roy: A teacher, poet and mentor of extraordinary stature

My teacher Professor Kashinath Roy (1947—2021)—poet, short story writer, essayist—died on January 17, at 74. Or did he die?

December 19, 2020
December 19, 2020

Badruddin Umar: Our leading Marxist revolutionary

December 20 marks the 89th birthday of Badruddin Umar.

December 5, 2020
December 5, 2020

Remembering and Rereading Rokeya: Patriarchy, Politics, and Praxis

December 09 marks both the birth and death anniversaries of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932). The Rokeya Day in Bangladesh also falls on December 09. Indeed,

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.