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Nazrul Statistics
by Shafi Chakladar

Publisher: Ahmed Kaosar, Boipotro, 38/4, Banglabazar. Dhaka-1100. Date of Publication: May 2018, Joishtho 1425. Distributor: Gotidhara, 38/2 Ko, Banglabazar, Dhaka-1100. Cover: Shikdar Abul Bashar. Computer Compose: Gotidhara Computer, 38/4, Banglabazar, Dhaka-1100 Printer: GG Offset Press, 31/A Syed Awlad Hosain Lane, Noyabazar, Dhaka-1100. Size: DD1/16. Page: 640. Price: Tk 800.00

Nazrul researcher Shafi Chakladar has the family legacy of athletics and authorship. His father was an athlete and mother was a writer. He has to his credit nine books on Kazi Nazrul Islam, which reminds us famous Nazrul researcher Shahabuddin Ahmad who had twelve books on Nazrul and whose contribution was an era of rejuvenation of the study of Nazrul literature. Shafi Chakladar was a writer on sports. He was fortunate enough to be the caretaker of Kazi Nazrul Islam at Dhaka since 72 to 75. Shafi  Chakladar’s books on Nazrul are Jibon Sayahnner Nazrul-Ke Jemon Dekhechhi ('88), Jatiyo Kobi Nazrul : Nana Prosongo (2003) Nazruler Upomai Chand (2004), Songeet-e Nazrul Songeet (2012), Nazrul-er Bidrohi (2012), Nazrul-er Upomai Phul (2018) Chhotoder Nazrul (2015) Sur O Banir Sreshthotwe Nazrul Songeet (2015) and Amader Nazrul (2017).
The book contains twenty eight chapters and includes some articles on music. The writer, being an expert in different sides of music, has elaborately discussed the musical mode and musical instrument. The researcher has discussed: Jolsa,   Saqi, Bulbul and many other words used in the literature of the Great Poet. Preparing statistics   is a very important work, which is difficult also. And when someone is engaged in the preparation of statistics of the literature and music of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, it is a huge task to contribute. Thanks for the writer’s achievement which is because of his lifelong research on Nazrul literature and songs.      
It is a matter of concern that the Poet and his literature has been the victim of negligence and biased interpretation by a section of litterateurs. This undermining of the Poet has been a continuous process since the British rule up till now. The Great Poet, twice acclaimed as National Poet, should not be a subject of misinterpretation. Shafi Chakladar has tried to appreciate this National Poet and World Poet in his volume. The book has been dedicated to some prominent Nazrul researchers and litterateurs. We expect wide circulation of Nazrul statistics which will be helpful for Nazrul researchers, musicians and general readers. n                     - Literature Desk


Bibostro Sombhrom
(Unclothed Awe)
by Al Hafiz

Publisher: Md Moniruzzaman, Mohakal, 38, Concord Emporium 253-254, Qudrat-e-Khuda Sorok, New Elephant Road, Katabon, Dhaka-1205. Date of Publiation: Falgun 1424/February 2018. Cover: Mostafiz Karigar. Printer: Alif Printers, 221, Fakirapul Lane 1, Dhaka-1000. Size DD1/16. Price: Tk. 150.00 US$ 8.

Bibostro Sombhrom is a collection of 32 Bengali poems by poet Al Hafiz, renowned in the literary circle for his exceptional presentation of poems. The subject, approach of the poet and flavour of the poems attract the readers. He has achieved a position in the literary sphere as a mighty pen.
Al Hafiz’s books of poetry already published are Premer Zikir, Nirmanadhin Alor Tower, Virgin Josnar Dheu, Hahakar.com, Dagor Image, Panir Proloy, Momotar Chashbas, Oporiharyo Krodh, Mon Ure Jay Ghurir Leje (Rhymes), Lal Ghorar Dim (Rhymes) and Chiching Fank (Rhymes).
Poet Al Hafiz has been awarded Sheelon Sahityo Puroshkar 2009, Lalon Shah Puroshkar 2007, Kotalipara Natyokola Podok 2004, Man of the Year by American Biographical Institute 2004 and Tangail Kobita Utsob Podok 2002 etc. 
Al Hafiz’s thoughts are based on religious humanism, our glorious history and heritage.  Protesting spirit, love and spiritual philosophy guide him. He is in quest of Truth and Beauty, which are far to reach in the present catastrophe. Hypocracy, social discrimination and international aggression and atrocities-everywhere dynamic change for a welfare world is the crying need and the dream of the poet. He has thus called to come out of the prevalent catastrophe. The poet expects the ‘unclothed awe’ be changed to a bright future of ‘clothed modesty.’  The book has been dedicated to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The book deserves deep study.  n    - Literature Desk

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