Kazi Nazrul Islam is classic as well as romantic
Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed, Former Deputy General and Commandant, Ansar VDP Academy: Kazi Nazrul Islam is known as the national poet of Bangladesh. He has brought about revolutionary changes in the spirit and style of Bengali literature and music. Nazrul belonged to the 19th century as a poet and musician. Eventually, he became the national poet of Bangladesh and revolutionized the style of Bengali music and literature.
From the beginning of Nazrul’s life, he was in intense adverse condition. Throughout his life, he grew up as a boy of struggle, injustice, agony and pain. Later on, God gave him such talents as to establish his name in the genre of literature.
Kazi Nazrul Islam was deeply influenced by some of the most prominent figures in literature, including Rabindrath Tagore. Being a Bengali, Nazrul was very much attracted by the magical writings of Tagore. The other creative icons of Bengali literature, such as Sarat Chandra Chattopadhya, also fascinated him. Nazrul was enthralled by the Person, poets and their remarkable writing pieces. Nazrul expressed his outmost praiseworthy words for Hafiz, the famous poet; Rumi, the poet of aesthetic beauty and Omar Khayyam, the vehement poet. Under their influence he has used Persian vocabulary in his writings which further expanded the boundary of his writing.
Kazi Nazrul Islam was very much active against all sorts of injustice. Through literature, journalism and political activism, Nazrul fought against British colonialism, fundamentalism, communalism, society’s prejudice and injustice towards poor people, women, and the outlawed. The British government had banned his books and newspaper and put him behind bars, but Nazrul did not stop his revolutionary activities and wrote “Rajbandir Jabanbondi”. After that, he took 40 days hunger strike as protest against the harassment. Besides the image of being a revolutionary poet, Nazrul was very much concerned about social injustice by the rich people. He became distraught after seeing the situation of poverty in his society. He had a deep contemplation regarding the people facing poverty and misery. Thus, all such significant affairs were reflected in his writings. In ‘Daridro’, one of the social, awakening poems, Nazrul had depicted his pain for the people of his country. Nazrul had written another significant poem, ‘Nari’, on women’s rights and showed his personal respect to them. ‘Nari’ is a poem that shows the respect and his thought to establish the parity between men and women’s right.
Religious issue is one of the prominent topics in Nazrul’s writings. He has sympathized Islamic and Hindu Values. This fusion was the ideologies of Nazrul, which he made with both Islam and Hinduism. He did not like frustration and always fought for Hindu-Muslim unity. He proved his religious equality by choosing his son’s names from both Hindu and Muslim.
His use of vocabulary and subjects were never been happened in the history of Bengali poetry before. He became immensely popular for portraying his poems with the issues of political and social matters. Nazrul was also known as a poet of unprecedented activities such as the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultural traditions.
Nazrul, by style and spirit, is a rebel poet as well as classic & romantic. He could foster the whole nation when people were under dark and superstitious times during the colonial role. Kazi Nazrul Islam awakened the sleeping country to move towards an enlightening society, liberalism & socialism. The people were highly inspired by his ideologies. They became pro-liberation, utilizing their head, heart and hands. If the thought is up-hold, Bangladesh will no more be disadvantaged. The country will advance to the ranks of the developed world very soon.