Abdush Shakoor

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Abdush Shakoor is a Bangladeshi writer.

Biography[edit]

Shakoor was born on 25 February 1941 in the district Noakhali of Bangladesh. He did Kamil in Hadis from Dhaka Alia, Honours and Masters in English Literature from Dhaka University and MS in Economics from ISS, Holland. He taught English Literature in Dhaka College and Rajshahi University before joining the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1967. He retired as Secretary to the Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh in 1998.

He studies different subjects in different languages. He writes short stories, novels, plays, essays and treatise. For special contribution in the field of short story received Bangla Academy Award in 1979 and Amiyabhusan Puraskar in 2003. Got Prothom Alo Barshoshera Puraskar in 2004 for research work on the world's No.1 hobby Plant, the Rose and Alakto Sahitya Puraskar in 2008 for total literary works. He won the Bangla Academy Award in 2007 for his book Bangalir Muktir Gaan.[1] Abdush Shakoor is a regular contributor to Kolkata's musico-literary magazine Milemishe and the progressive monthly Ekush Shatak. Of the latter he is also an adviser.

Literary Works[edit]

Abdush Shakoor is a reputed writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is also well known for writing on Music, Rabindranath and the Rose.

Fiction[edit]

Vice-Chancellor of Vidyasagar University, Dr. Amiya Dev, while discussing Abdush Shakoor's prose fiction in the 2004 literary supplement of The Daily Ganokantho of Kolkata, writes : "Intellect and experience lend a unique elegance and relevance to his short stories. Profound learning in very many subjects enlightens Abdush Shakoor's writings in general which are marked by a perfect combination of intellection and imgination."

Highly read fictionist of the time in vernacular, an avid reader of world literature and translator, Andalib Rashdi, while discussing Abdush Shakoor's novels in the literary supplement 'Kaler Kheya' of The Daily Samakal, writes : "Two of his novels 'Love' and 'Crisis' study in depth the theme of love in the Bangali middle class at one end of the spectrum, whereas at the other end of the spectrum two other novels 'Dialogue' and 'North-South Dialogue' brilliantly explore the nature of socialism and international relations between the two hemispheres.

Non Fiction[edit]

Former Principal of Bangabashi College, Dr. Bishnu Bera, while reviewing Shakoor's essays and belles-lettres in a 2005 issue of the monthly Ekush Shatak of Kolkata, observes : "With an extraordinary erudition and a fine sense of humour, Abdush Shakoor presents himself, his beloved Bangladesh and fast changing Bangali society in the vast canvas of the turbulent twentieth century in an impressive style and effective manner.

President of World Literature Center Bangladesh, Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed in his essay on Abdush Shakoor observes in his book Swanirbachito Probandha O Rachana (Self-selected Treatise and Essays, p.180-188) : "As a writer of belles-lettres Abdush Shakoor is regarded as one of the best in the language. His collections of the genre bear testimony to the fact. Pyarichand and Kaliprosanna presented the daily scores of the common man in a light vein. Rabindranath and Promatha described the common man with elegant humour in their inimitable style. But Shakoor's premise is different. He threw revealing light on the unending plight of the middle class in his highly sophisticated language. Thus he brought about a third trend in the domain of graceful literature in Bangla. Decorum and connoisseurship give a refined beauty and elegant taste to his prose style in essays, unavailable outside classics of Bangla literature."

Rabindranath[edit]

A well-known journalist and writer, Soumitra Lahiri while discussing in the monthly 'Ekush Shatak' Abdush Shakoor's latest book on Tagore 'Rabindranathke Jatotuku Jani' (Rabindranath As Much As I Know Him) published from Kolkata in 2010 quotes him by way of appreciation as follows : "He attempts to explain that Tagore is not to be understood by a few generations or centuries. He may remain inscrutable for ever. Therefore we will have to go on reading his books, listening to his music and seeing his paintings eternally. Shakoor endeavours to substantiate why Rabindranath Tagore will always remain relevant to the connoisseurs across the world. His interesting and incisive comments and observations on the Nobel Laureate are enjoyed and appreciated by Tagore lovers, scholars and the literati at large. For instance on one occasion Shakoor says, Tagore is a mutation in the human species. On another he says, Rabindranath may be likened with the Designer's Copy of which no second version is released." On Rabindranath Tagore Abdush Shakoor has a number of books published by leading publishers of Dhaka and Kolkata.

Music[edit]

As a vocalist Shakoor sings stylised and semi-classical songs. He has a number of Albums recorded in Kolkata and released in Dhaka. As a specialist in music he writes on classical music of the subcontinent with brilliant analysis and synthesis. Eminent Musicologist Dr. Karunamoy Goswami, while introducing Abdush Shakoor's book on music, 'Sangit Sangit', observes : "Abdush Shakoor is a highly valuable writer on music. Being both a literator and a singer his writings on the poetic songs of Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and other composers attain an extra height. Incidentally, there evolved three clear trends in writing about music in Bangla. One is the unique style of Amiyanath Sanyal where music is made perceplible, touchable and almost seeable. The second style is the one created by Gnyanprokash Ghosh and Kumarprosad Mukherjee which tends to brighten up musical rendezvous rather than explore depth of music per se. The third trend is created by Rabindranath Tagore. Dilipkumar Roy and Dhurjotiprosad Mukherjee followed him in their own ways. Interactions among these three top order musicmen created a great institution of thinking and writing on music. Abdush Shakoor is among the very few who is upholding this school successfully."

The Rose[edit]

The prestigious magazine "Protikhshan" of Kolkata in one of its 1987 issues, while discussing Abdush Shakoor's Discourse on the Rose, remarks : "From the moment the rose appeared on earth or discovered by man, its progress to the ancient age's stature of the 'Queen of Flower' to the present day's status of the 'world's number one hobby plant', is described in a highly learned but extremely pleasant manner. The writer shepherded the Man and the Rose hand in hand for thousands of years side by side, mesmerized by his gift of the gab. The discourse is without a second in its own class in the language."

The Rose appears as the central character also in some of his short stories and essays. In fact Abdush Shakoor's preoccupation with roses is total. Because he not only loves them but also cultivates 750 bushes of 350 varieties of them in his lawn and roof garden. For maintaining the best lawn rose garden in the country, Abdush Shakoor was awarded Gold Medal by The National Rose Society of Bangladesh in 1989.

Professor Dwijen Sharma, the wellknown writer on plants and environment, while introducing Shakoor's collected works on the Rose in particular and tropical flowers in general, says : "The book is an extraordinary writing on science by a literateur. The writer captured the intangible beauty of the Rose and framed it in his rhythmical prose. In a highly informative interview recorded by Poet Belal Choudhury and published in his periodical 'Swandip' in 1988 and later incorporated in the present book, floriculturist Shakoor enlightens the reader on many seasonals, annuals, biennials, perennials, wild roses, and the National Flower of Bangladesh and its National Botanic Garden. Prose fictionist Abdush Shakoor's work on flowers is an invaluable contribution at a time when plant life together with human life is facing disaster."

Published books[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Shahena Chetona (Insufferable Consciousness)
  • Bhalobasha (Love)
  • Uttor-Dakhshin Sanglap (North-South Dialogue)
  • Sanglap (Dialogue)
  • Crisis

Short stories[edit]

  • Shareer (Physical)
  • Nirbachito Golpo (Selected Sories)
  • Akkel Gurum (Juvenile Story)
  • Aghat (A wound)
  • Khshiyaman (Waning)
  • Epitaph
  • Dhash (Landslide)
  • Bicholito Prarthona (Perturbed Prayer)
  • Sreshtho Golpo : Abdush Shakoor—Best Stories of Abdush Shakoor (Edited by Zakir Talukdar)
  • Golpo Samagro (All Short Stories)

Belles-lettres[edit]

  • Bhajal Bangali (Spurious Bangali)
  • Nirbachito Karcha (Selected Chronicle)
  • Moddhobitter Karcha (Chronicle of the Middle Class)
  • Chuattarer Karcha (Chronicle of 1974)
  • Abdush Shakoorer Karcha (Chronicle of Abdush Shakoor)
  • Shera Rommo Rachana: Best Belles-lettres of Abdush Shakoor (Edited by Abdullah Abu Sayed)
  • Rommo Samagro (All Belles-lettres)

Research Work[edit]

  • Golap Sangraha (About Flowers Specially The Rose)
  • Bangalir Muktir Gan (Bangali's Patriotic songs)
  • Sangit Sangit (On Music)
  • Mahan Srota (On Classical Music)
  • Mahamohim Rabindranath (On Rabindranath)
  • Paramparahin Rabindranath (On Rabindranath)
  • Rabindranathke Jatotuku Jani (On Rabindranath)

Essays[edit]

  • Mahamohim Rabindranath (On Rabindranath)
  • Abdush Shakoorer Sreshto Probandho (Abdush Shakoor's best essays)
  • Bhasha O Sahitya(Language and Literature)
  • Paramparahin Rabindranath (On Rabindranath)
  • Sangit-Bichitra (Assorted collection on music)
  • Nirbachito Probandho (Selected Treatise)
  • Samaj O Sahitya (Society and Literature)
  • Sangit Sangbit (Music Consciousness)
  • Hindustani Jantro Sangiter Panchoprodip (Five Luminaries of Hindustani Instrumental Music)
  • Roshik Bangali (Humorous Bangali)
  • Mahan Srota (Noble Listener)

Autobiography[edit]

  • Kantate Golap-o Thake (Vol. I)
  • Kantate Golap-o Thake (Vol. II)

Duti Prohoshon (Two Farces)[edit]

  • Jhamela (A Trouble)
  • Totka (Quackery)

Edited books[edit]

(Books edited by Abdush Shakoor and published by Biswa-Sahitto Kendro)[edit]

  • Bangla Shahitter Nirbachito Ramonio Rachana-Vol. I (Selected Pleasant Essays of Bangla Literature)
  • Bangla Shahitter Nirbachito Ramonio Rachana-Vol. II (Selected Pleasant Essays of Bangla Literature)
  • Bangla Shahitter Nirbachito Rammo Rachana o galpo-Vol. I (Selected Belles-lettres of Bangla Literature)
  • Bangla Shahitter Nirbachito Rammo Rachana o galpo-Vol. II (Selected Belles-lettres of Bangla Literature)
  • Porshuramer Shera Hashir Galpo (Best Jocund Stories of Porshuram)
  • Ashab Uddin Ahmed : Best Belles-lettres
  • Amionath Sanyal : In the Fathomless Depth of Memory (Essay on Classical Music)
  • Troilokyonath Mukhopadhay : Best Jocund Stories
  • Narayan Gangopadhay : Best Belles-lettres
  • Syed Mujtaba Ali : Best Belles-lettres
  • Syed Mujtaba Ali : Best Short Stories
  • Syed Mujtaba Ali : Best Essays
  • Mahorshi Debendranath Tagore’s Autobiography
  • Rabindranath Tagore : Self Introduction
  • Porshuramer Sreshtho Golpo (Best Stories of Porshuram)
  • Shibram Chakrabortir Sreshtho Galpo (Best Stories of Shibram Chakraborti)
  • Shibram Chakrabortir Mojar Galpo (Amusing Stories of Shibram Chakraborti)
  • Narayan Gangopadhayer Sreshtho Galpo (Best Stories of Narayan Gangopadhayer)
  • Hasya Shilpi Sukumar Roy (Sukumar Roy-The artist of Fun)

Awards[edit]

  • Bangla Academy Award 1979 [Bangladesh]
  • Amiobhushon Award 2003 [West Bengal]
  • Prothom Alo Barsho-shera Boi Award 2004 [Bangladesh]
  • Alokto Shahitto Award 2008 [Bangladesh]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juberee, Abdullah (2007) "Ekushey book fair ends with record sales", New Age Metro, 1 March 2007, retrieved 31 October 2010[dead link]

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