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Farrukh Ahmad: Poet of Muslim renaissance

Published on : 10 June 2019, 09:54 AM
Farrukh Ahmad: Poet of Muslim renaissance

Farrukh Ahmad is one of the most ingenious poets of Bengali literature. He marked his remarkable entry at the beginning of the forties of the last century. His first poetry book Sat Sagorer Majhi was published in 1944. But he started writing before that. Many of his writings were published in several newspapers. Since his appearance in literature, he was able to attract the attention of many as a talented, exceptional `young poet`. In this way, soon after the advent in poetry, he was recognized as a talented poet.

Although Farrukh Ahmad was chiefly termed as a poet of forties, he continued his contribution to the Bengali poetry even after forties. Until his death in 1974, he kept his talent in various branches of Bengali literature.

After World War II (1939-45) that political-socio-economic disaster resulted in a deleterious famine in Bengal in 1350 (in 1943 AD).   Millions of people died in starvation. Farrukh Ahmad has witnessed the painful scene of famine and wrote many breathtaking poems about it. For that famine, he blamed the existing social system and the heartless exploitation of a class of selfish, greedy people. His 19 poems of that time portrayed human helplessness and compassion.

Kazi Nazrul Islam earned extraordinary fame as a poet of Muslim revival; Farrukh Ahmad was also well-respected as one of the men of Muslim renaissance. Moreover, the use of the language and allegory-parallel-symbol-emblem used in his poetry managed to attract everyone`s attention.

Sat Sagorer Majhi (The Sailor of the seven seas) is Farrukh Ahmad`s first and most notable creation. Various poems of this book have portrayed the emergence of the Renaissance, tradition-consciousness, independence, and humanism among the Bengali Muslims. In the context of time and condition, this book has achieved a classical character.

Farrukh Ahmad was very aware of the reality of his contemporaries and life. It has an obvious reflection in his various writings. His writings impressed bold commentary about famine, death, diverse life-struggle, renaissance, freedom of the people, the exploitation-injustice-discrimination and selfishness of the oppressors.

Farrukh Ahmad was a versatile talent. He has demonstrated competence in lyrical poems, songs, epics, sonnets, dramatic poetry, satires, children`s poetry, stories, novels, and prose. But in reality, his talent flourished as a poet. Artistic language, particularity, and dexterity made him one of the prime poets of Bengali language.

Farrukh Ahmad`s credit is accredited in Bangla literature. He will always be remembered as the ever imperishable and ageless genius of Bengali poetry. On the 101st birth anniversary, we remember this ageless poet with great respect.


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