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Kabi Jasim Uddin- The way I treat and respect him

Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed

Jasim Uddin was born on January 1, 1903 in a small village, Tambulkhana, in the Faridpur district of East Bengal. That was his grandparent’s village, only eight miles from his agents home in Govindapur. He has described these two villages and their manner of life in his autobiography.As a rural born guide I find some sorts of similarity in the life style of Jasim Uddin and myself. Though Jasim Uddin is well versed about rural life, I do not belong to many qualities which he had. But in some cases I get the similarities He passed his childhood time in his maternal uncles and his parent’s house. And gathered a very peculiar and practical experiences of life. It also happened in my life also. He swam in the nearby river, canals and had his participation in all sorts of rural recreational festivals and rituals. I did the same and had the same experiences like him. The very ornament of his life is simplicity. To him, Bangladesh is like a big village. And its people are all village oriented. People living in cities and towns have their roots with villages. He could realize if villages are made lively, Bangladesh will be lively. He had his direct and close connection with the weal and woes of village life. He had a sharing of sorrows, pains, joys of rural life.In his early life, he used to join all the ceremonials held in rural areas and he gathered a lot of experiences of village life. He could realize that if villages are developed Bangladesh will be developed. So in order to build a better, happy and prosperous Bangladesh he had his links with the important personnel and other elites of different rank and file.
Jasim Uddin had his competence and it was earned. This was not achieved over a night. He got the status of an eminent poet and writer after his long struggle against stern realties of social system. In every stage, he faced so many hindrances or oppositions. In spite of opposition, he did not surrender or lose his heart. With strength and vigor of his mind, perseverance, patience he could overcome the protests and conspiracies against life, tradition and culture of village people. In the folk literary world he earned his extra ordinary prominence. In true sense we may call him a real spokesman of folk literature. When I was a student of Dhaka University I studied folk literature and I could realize his attraction towards folk life and culture. During the time I could not give enough time to go through literature and that is why I could not attain as much of knowledge in the respective line. So in order to cover most the deficiencies and for expiation in my later part of life took up the responsibilities completing this book so that the minimum review is paid to reflect poet Jasim Uddin.
When I was a student is the secondary and higher secondary Institution I had a chance to go through his poems “The graves”, “Invitation” and “Palli Janani”. Reading these poems I was highly impressed. These poems bear the true picture of socio economic and political scenario of Bangladesh. The village tradition and culture has been portrayed in these famous poems. I was highly impressed with the paintings, how a real painting is being painted in a very artistic style. In his time, there were big modern poets and they wrote the very tough poems on tougher life using the difficult things of modern complicated life. But Jasim Uddin in a modern style having the amenities of life could portray his village life through his songs, poems, drama, novel, autobiography. As if he wanted to make a bridge in between the rural and city life. At that time the modern writes had a tendency to break the age old tradition, norms and some other established values of social life. But Jasim Uddin had his relentless efforts for upholding the image of rural life and wanted to bring the dignities of Bengali people. He believed that if village life and culture is uprooted, a society will collapse. In my student life I was convinced with the writing of this notable writer. I was motivated in my later life that if somebody is lost from his root he cannot flourish or go up. So this is the case of any individual. When individuals are lost, ultimately a nation will be ruined. I was very much attracted to read his poems written in folk trend. I had my course on folk literature which was learned in University at that time as an alternative course. I chose it and studied it from the core of my heart. My heart seemed to dance as if I belong to those writings.
I treated myself as a kith and kin of those characters and I shared with them. Of all the courses of my masters program I enjoyed this one the most. He had such an impact on my sub-conscious mind as deep that it urges me to project in my later life. Now it is my fortune that my authority is pleased to allow me to take the task of presenting a thesis paper to focus him through University, National Atlantic University, California, USA. It may not be a so gigantic or noble mission but I believe it may bring the minimum thinking about Jasim Uddin and Bangladesh. In this book I have wanted to present Bangladeshi life and its culture and Jasim Uddin is a great composer for which he will be ever memorable in the history of Bangladesh. When Bangladesh is spoken, we think this is Jasim Uddin’s Bangladesh of his own heritage, culture and tradition. As every country and its people are identified with their own culture, we also can identify our country and establish image by its tradition and culture which it bears.On 1st January, the new day of the year, 2018 the 115th birth anniversary of poet of Jasim Uddin was celebrated at his Kamlapur residence of Kabi Jasim Uddin Road, Dhaka. Many a followers, media men and his well-wishers, frinds and relatives came to his house, where Jasim Uddin spent his life time. Participating every members highly enjoyed the program and prayed for the poet. He will be remembered in the history of Bengali literature for all the time.

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