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Troubles of a national awarded poet

Poet Omar Ali, 'Pride of Pabna', now lies in bed

Poet Omar Ali wrote when he was in a better physical condition. Photo: STAR Poet Omar Ali wrote when he was in a better physical condition. Photo: STAR

Poet Omar Ali, is one of the most noted poets in this region. 74 years old he is lying on bed from fatal paralysis since a year. Poet Omar Ali hailed from village 'Komorpur' village in Pabna Sadar upazila struggled his entire life due to poverty.
Born on October 20 in 1939 Poet Omar Ali was impressive in literature from his early years. The writings of Poet Rabindranath Tagore, and T.S Eliot inspired him.
“Though he followed the classicism of both his writings are somehow different from the rest. Poet Omar Ali, boy of a remote village drew inspiration from village ground, surrounding atmosphere and the entire nature. He painted the natural beauty in his writings on his own way.” Sayed Hassan Dara, renowned novelist of Pabna said.
In the same way he presented the harsh reality of life in his writings. Woman and nature are the main subject matters of his works. 42 books of poetry and 2 novels of the poet are published.
His first book 'A Desher Shamol Rong Romonir Shunam Shunasi' was published in 1960. 50 poems were published in this book and most of the poems are based on romanticism. There is a fine picture of nature and

beauty. Poet Omar Ali got the Bangla Academy Award in 1981 for this book. He also received Abul Monsur Ahmed award and many local awards for his brilliant contribution in literature.
“When I was in class four, I had written a poem named 'Akti Edurer Mrittu' it was never published. Formally I started writing in 1954 when I was in class ten. During this time I had recited my own poems in Dhaka Radio.” Poet Omar Ali said. My first poem was published in Daily Sangbad in 1954 he added.
Of his famous books 'Aronna Akti Lok', 'Temathar Shesh Nodi', 'Ful Pakhider Desh', 'Khan Manshoner Meya' is well known to the readers. In Daily Sangbad, 'Mahinaha', Daily Azad, “Natun Shahitta of Calcutta, Desh in Calcutta published poet Omar Ali's writings at a very early stage of his literary life.
Poet Omar Ali, after completing his studies stayed at the resident of Poet Ahasan Habib as a login master. After completing the Matriculation Omar Ali joined in Daily Sangbad.
Later he returned in Pabna and admitted for BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Pabna Edward College. In the mean time he had a clerical job in Pabna municipality and Kamarkhand upazila of Siraqjganje. After completing his BA he joined Rajshahi Radio as a scrip writer.
Later he joined 'Jublee High School' in Pabna as a teacher. But he was a man of indomitable will. Through his service life Poet Omar Ali passed the MA in English from Dhaka University in 1970.
After completing MA he joined as an English teacher at 'Nandigram College' in Bogra in 1970. Later he joined 'Veramara College' of Kushthia district. At last he joined as an English teacher in Pabna Govt. Bulbul College in 1978. He went on to retire from this college.
Though the poet Omar Ali was an English teacher he also possessed vast knowledge in Bangla literature. He also completed MA in Bangla from Rajshahi University in 1975. Poet Omar Ali said he had tried to learn English and Bangla literature simultaneously.

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