Today Prominent Poet Abu Zafor Khan’s Birthday

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Sahidul Islam Nirab
Abu Zafor Khan is a prominent poet, writer, humanist, physiaian and organiser. Standing on the bank of the river at ebb, Abu Zafor Khan, a word painter and worshipper of heavenly scenic beauty envisages an aura of the golden bird floating on the burning boat. He craves for the reappearence of the fair damsel being impelled by the attraction of her soil and portrays the flight of the beautiful bird on the bosom of the river immersed in dirts. Thus Abu Zafor Khan manifests his individual identity as a poet and word painter. He is an exceptional poet of his contemporaries .

He came of a decent family on the 31st January in the village Sayedpur of Sujanagar Upazilla under the District of Pabna. He spent his boyhood in close contact with nature and as an agile lad sitting by the rural lane of the field gathered an exotic experience of enjoying the coming back of the birds to their nests in the twillight. He discovered the appearance of pain brooding over the glow of the moon-blanched land. He lost himself in the far off unknown world of imagination.The tranquil beauty of the hills, the rivers, the seas and the melodies of the birds incessantly attract him.

While studying medical Scince, he was always in the pursuit of inner world. His ardent desire to impenetrate the mystic world elevated him to the height of ideallic dream and purity, and perceiptive mind, and opened up a vista of unparalleled beauty of surrealism before him. Thus he has gradually grown up as a writer.

At the age of thirteen, he wrote his first poem which was published in the school Wall-magazine. His first novel came into being at his sixteen. Unfortunately it went lost. His love for writing and dreamy poetic word embody his poetic soul.

Routine bound everyday life never interests him. Unbounded world of natural beauty and bohemian life always enlivens the blood. He roams on the drenched sandy beach of the sea as a traveller lost in the pensive world. As an iconoclust, he never conforms to colour, race and national boundary. Conflicts of the society, ostentation of the deadly weapons and afflicted restless world pain him. Narrowness, dogmatism, malice and ugliness of the society hurt him and deepen his mental agonies.

What makes Abu Zafor Khan exceptional as a poet is his artistic presentaion of the keen observation of the everyday happenings, of the course of life, of true picture of life and of the inner agonies of man. His writngs echo the powerful voice of his conscientious mind. His writings unfold his times connecting the sensibility of life in asthetics. The writer approaches life through the light of love and humanity. Thus he overtly spells out that love has its own darkness too.

Abu Zafor Khan is a government physician. He is a poet, a word-painter, an organizer in his personal life. He passed his MBBS degree from Rajshahi Medical College and did his M.Sc on Community Medicine from Nipsom, Dhaka. At present he is Serving as a Deputy Civil Surgeon of BCS Health Cadre under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh.

His twenty books published yet – nine novels, nine books of poetry and two books on stories. His published books especially his novels and poems have earned him huge popularity home and aboard- especially among the Bengali readers in India , England and USA. His writings have been reviewed and appreciated in various internatonal journals.

At present, he is acting as the President of the editorial committee of international online literary magazine www.poemvein.com and of Bangladesh Kobita moncho, Dhaka literary organization.

He has already earned a number of national and international awards for outstanding contributions to Bengali literature. His awards include `Antorjatik Matribhasha Padak’ from Bangladesh Kobita Sangsad, `Rabindra Smarok Sommanona’, `Bangla Sahityo Padak’; `Dr. B R Ambedkor Sahityo Sommanona’ from Kolkata, `Chokh Sahityo Padak’ from Kolkata, `Pollikobi Jasim Uddin Sworna Padak’ by Kobi Jasim Uddin Parishad; `Nazrul Sahityo Srimti Sworna Padak’ from the West Bengal, India, ‘Michael Modhusudan Srimti Shomannona’ from India, `Nikhil Bharat Bongo Sahityo Sommanona’ from West Bengal and Bangla Sahityo Swarna Padak by Bangladesh Kobita Sangsad.