On Behula's Raft launched
Monday, 18 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Literary scholars at a function in Dhaka on Saturday said Khondokar Ashraf Hossain's poetry is deeply concerned with motherland, its myths and political awareness.

They made the observation at the launch of Ashraf's selected poems in English version 'On Behula's Raft' at the RC Majumder Hall of Dhaka University. Writer.ink published the 64-page book, which contains 34 poems.

Professor Anisuzzaman of Dhaka University chaired the function. Poet Syed Shamsul Haq and professors of English at Dhaka University Niaz Zaman, Syed Manzoorul Islam and Fakrul Alam spoke on the occasion.

Anisuzzaman said, 'Ashraf's poems in this book indicate that he is representing Bangladesh like a politically conscious poet. Readers will find the expression of his political conscious in many poems.' Syed Manzoorul Islam said, 'Ashraf at his initial stage was a romantic poet, now he is a realistic poet as he is writing in a very self-conscious way.'

Fakrul Alam said, 'In his poems, Ashraf has easily moved to our own tradition from Western ideas. He used the technique in many cases. His poems are in some cases humorous and witty.'

Khondokar Ashraf Hossain, who is also a professor of English at Dhaka University, said, 'I have no pretension to be known as an "'English' poet. I want to be a poet of my native language.

My soul is nourished by the alluvial soil and the moistures of riverine Bangladesh, which is my Behula.' English department students at Dhaka University, including Bushra Mehjabin, Himal Saha, Sukanta Roy and Razib Bhoumik, recited some poems from the book.

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