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Bangabandhu: Artisans are people of art

Bangabandhu: Artisans are people of art

A bright boy – friendly, a strong protester when he sees injustice. Children, apple of parents’ eyes. Some called ‘Mujibar’, some called ‘Mujib Bhai’.

A respectable worker in the field of politics, gradually became an uncompromising politician. The central man of the nation – Bangabandhu, the father of the nation. The visionary, the architect. is the founder of independent, sovereign Bangladesh. Courage, intelligence, devotion, wisdom, philosophy—all in all, he is a world leader. A symbol of the ideals and aspirations of the liberated people.

Which is pure patriotism,

which is philanthropy,

Which is the steadfast ideal

These rivers meet in a sea-junction. The name of this shallow, endless body of water is Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He is also a mountain. Mountains are the dominant part of the landscape. Like the flower of a rosary, the other organs are connected with him in a close and silent Nisargabandhan.

At the foot of the mountain are connected the history, the movement of civilization, the ups and downs of people’s successful and unsuccessful struggle. How many storms come. In the end, mountains are mountains. Like the meditation of a saint, the achievements of time are cherished in the bosom.

Arrest after arrest, imprisonment followed by more imprisonment. How often the web of conspiracy, how often the gallows. Life and death were parallel to Bangabandhu. Repeatedly standing on the edge of the abyss of death, he sang the victory song of life. Love of man, love of man was his path and way.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the name of a great politician. He separated politics from the mainstream and made it a matter of creativity and contemplation. Although he is first and foremost a politician, he is called the ‘poet of politics’. He is the poet, whose versatility of wisdom creates beauty. Bangabandhu was a creative man of politics. He is an industrialist and a man of art.

What kind of industrialist is Bangabandhu??

It can be said firmly that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a source of Bengali art and culture. There is no branch of Sukumar’s art in which his direct or indirect presence has not fallen. This is absolutely true. Countless poems have been written about him. Being written, will be. There is no contemporary poet in whose poetry the name of Sheikh Mujib did not shine, his epic story. When, which poet wrote the first poem—subject Bangabandhu. It could be researched, though.

Recently, it is known that a poem was written about Bangabandhu on October 17, 1958 by Mohiuddin Ahmed. He wrote some parts of the poem in the form of a letter and sent it to Bangabandhu while he was Assistant Survey Inspector of Gopalganj. Bangabandhu was then in Dhaka Central Jail. It is also known that the original composition of the poem was on December 31, 1949. At that time, Bangabandhu was imprisoned in Gopalganj Jail.

Many songs have been written about Bangabandhu. Stories, novels, plays, essays, memoirs, journeys—these are also in large numbers. He has been depicted in Rangtuli, many of his sculptures have been installed in the country and abroad. Bangabandhu is the leader of the people. We see its reflection in folk poetry. Punthi, Zarigan have been written about him. Many poems have been written. Some songs, poems, rhymes return to people’s mouths.

Bangabandhu is a man of industry by any means?

Politics, if it is for the total liberation of people, then there is movement, there is heat. Bangabandhu always fought to establish human rights and dignity. He had to walk with his feet on the fire lit by the ruler-exploiter. Fire has a burning nature. Bangabandhu transformed that fire into light. As Rabindranath Tagore hoped, ‘More light, more light…’. Bangabandhu’s sense of eternal thirst for light, its multi-colored rays, gave birth to such a water place of Sukumarvritti, here the shadow of the sky laughs, the light-wave dances and cheerful life. This watershed has many branches and sub-branches. One of rhythm, melody, color.

We do not know whether Bangabandhu himself wrote any poetry or not. But his sense of humor was extraordinary. It is known from those who got close to him that he used to make jokes when there was any funny event or occasion. Those rhymes, uttered immediately, have become the memory of many. He used to read poetry. Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam—Many of their poems were memorized by Bangabandhu. The refined clarity and depth of his poetic sense is astonishing.

Fortunately for Bengalis, the authorship of Bangabandhu has been discovered. ‘Amar Dekha Naya China’ is a book directly written by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This is not a conventional travelogue. China is developing as a socialist state. Bangabandhu wanted to see how the socio-economic and cultural structure of a country that gained sovereignty through a successful revolution was taking shape. He interacted with common people to trace their psychological evolution, spoke to them. He tried to create his own mentality from these.

Two more books of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman are considered our must-reads – ‘Unfinished Autobiography’ and ‘Kargarer Roznamcha’. Rulatana Khata written in prison—these have resulted in two books. Such a wonderful event! There is no script, completely written from memory! How many events, how many characters! There is no mistake in mentioning the year-date. The penmanship of an authentic writer can be seen in both the books written in simple, plain, simple language. The author’s thoughtfulness, sensitivity, clarity of expression in both books impresses the reader. Footsteps of poetry can be heard in Munshiana of events and its description. There are allusions, imagery, metaphors. There are references to the political history of his time, there are also various features of literature. The author’s poetic sense can be seen in most places of the writing. At one place in ‘Karagarer Roznamcha’ – Bangabandhu remembered the walking of a prison rooster – a hero walking with pride in a royal posture. There are many descriptions in this book that become poems in similes and imagery.

At one place in ‘Unfinished Autobiography’ – while visiting Delhi, Bangabandhu’s traveling companions would visit palaces, forts; He will see Tansen’s house. He also went to the lonely house on the mountain of Sursadhak. Bangabandhu tried to feel the memory of Tansen. Many such examples of Sheikh Mujib’s emotional heart can be found in various incidents of his life.

Bengalis are emotional by nature. It is not only practical but also artistic. Bangabandhu was able to bind the people of all classes, professions, religions and clans of Bangladesh with a thread of common passion for the question of total liberation and freedom. He has spoken on the stage of politics, in innumerable gatherings in the field, addressed the great mass of people. In each of his speeches, the light of passion is combined with strong logic. Especially in the historic speech he delivered on March 7, 1971, at Dhaka’s Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan), every word is organized with the accent of courage, elegance, brilliance, clarity. The whole speech is full of poetry with the skillful use of regional and folk words. This speech of epic harmony is one of the best speeches in the world. In it, the harsh words of politics are mixed with poetic sound.

Bangabandhu was an inquisitive reader of world literature as well as history and philosophy. When he was in jail, if anyone wanted to send anything, he would only ask for books. His personal library was amazingly rich. Bangabandhu was very fond of music. There is also evidence that he himself sang at family gatherings. Rabindra and Nazrul songs were favorite, Palligiti, folk music was favorite.

Bangabandhu is a great politician. The branches of this mahiru were bright with the shades and flowers of the aesthetics of literature and art. All in all, he is an industrialist, a man of industry.