Kazi Nazrul Islam Birthday: Celebrating Kazi Nazrul Islam Birth Anniversary Quotes & Poems in English & Bengali

By | May 23, 2020

Kazi Nazrul Islam Birthday: Celebrating Kazi Nazrul Islam Birth Anniversary Quotes & Poems in English & Bengali:

Kazi Nazrul Islam Birthday Date: May 24th

Kazi Nazrul Islam Birthday

Kazi Nazrul Islam (24 May 1899 – 29 August 1976) was a Bengali poet, writer and musician and the national poet of Bangladesh. Popularly known as Nazrul, he produced a large body of poetry and music with themes that included religious devotion and rebellion against oppression. Nazrul’s activism for political and social justice earned him the title of “Rebel Poet”.[5][failed verification] His compositions form the avant-garde genre of Nazrul Geeti (Music of Nazrul).

Born in a Bengali Muslim Kazi family, Nazrul Islam received religious education and as a young man worked as a muezzin at a local mosque. He learned about poetry, drama, and literature while working with the rural theatrical group Letor Dal. He joined the British Indian Army in 1917. After serving in the British Indian Army in the Middle East (Mesopotamian campaign) during World War I,Nazrul established himself as a journalist in Calcutta.

Nazrul left the British Indian army in 1920 when the 49th Bengal Regiment was disbanded.and settled in Calcutta. He joined the staff of the Bangiya Mussalman Sahitya Samiti (“Bengali Muslim Literary Society”).He published his first novel Bandhan-hara (বাঁধন-হারা, ‘Freedom from Bondage’) in 1920, on which he continued to work over the next seven years.His first collection of poems, which included “Bodhan”, “Shat-il-Arab”, “Kheya-parer Tarani”, and “Badal Prater Sharab”, received critical acclaim.

Nazrul grew close to other young Muslim writers, while working at the Bengali Muslim Literary Society, including Mohammad Mozammel Haq, Kazi Abdul Wadud, and Muhammad Shahidullah. Nazrul and Muhammad Shahidullah remained close throughout their lives.

He was a regular at the social clubs for Calcutta’s writers, poets, and intellectuals such as the Gajendar Adda and the Bharatiya Adda. Nazrul did not have the formal education of Rabindranath and as a result his poems did not follow the literary practices established by Rabindranath. Due to this he faced criticism from followers of Rabindranath.

Despite their differences, Nazrul looked to Rabindranath Tagore as a mentor.In 1921, Nazrul was engaged to Nargis, the niece of a well-known Muslim publisher, Ali Akbar Khan, in Daulatpur, Comilla.On 18 June 1921, the day of the wedding, upon public insistence by Khan that the term “Nazrul must reside in Daulatpur after marriage” be included in the marriage contract, Nazrul walked away from the wedding ceremony.

Kazi Nazrul Islam Quotes & Poems:

Bidrohi (The Rebel)

I am the unutterable grief,
I am the trembling first touch of the virgin,
I am the throbbing tenderness of her first stolen kiss.
I am the fleeting glance of the veiled beloved,
I am her constant surreptitious gaze…

I am the burning volcano in the bosom of the earth,
I am the wildfire of the woods,
I am Hell’s mad terrific sea of wrath!
I ride on the wings of lightning with joy and profundity,
I scatter misery and fear all around,
I bring earthquakes on this world! “(8th stanza)”

I am the rebel eternal,
I raise my head beyond this world,
High, ever erect and alone!

Daridro (Poverty)

O poverty, thou hast made me great
Thou hast made me honoured like Christ
With his crown of thorns. Thou hast given me
Courage to reveal all. To thee I owe
My insolent, naked eyes and sharp tongue.
Thy curse has turned my violin to a sword…
O proud saint, thy terrible fire
Has rendered my heaven barren.
O my child, my darling one
I could not give thee even a drop of milk
No right have I to rejoice.
Poverty weeps within my doors forever
As my spouse and my child.
Who will play the flute?

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