Poet, critic Abdul Mannan Syed
Shamima Akhter :
Abdul Mannan Syed, (1943-2010) poet, essayist, researcher and literary critic, was born on 3 August 1943 in the district of the 24-Parganas in West Bengal. His father was A M Badruddoza and mother Anwara Mazid. He passed Matriculation examination in 1958 from the Nawabpur Government High School in Dhaka and Intermediate of Arts in 1960 from Dhaka College. He obtained BA (Hons) in Bangla in 1963 and MA in 1964 from Dhaka University. He got his PhD from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
Abdul Mannan Syed started his career as a Lecturer in Bangla in M.C College, Sylhet. Later, he served in Sheikh Burhanuddin College and in Jagannath College and retired from service in 1998. Afterwards, he carried out the responsibilities as First Scholar in Bangladesh North South University. He worked in the District Gazetteer for some time. From 2002 to 2004 he had been the Executive Director of Nazrul Institute. He was also associated with the Shilpataru, a monthly literary journal.
Abdul Mannan Syed started writing poems since 1960. His first book of poetry Janmandha Kavita Guchchha (a collection of poems) was published in 1967. His poem represents the reflection of consciousness of death, romanticism, surrealism, symbolism and sometimes absurdity. An experimental researcher, Abdul Mannan all through aspired to change in his subject and style of writing. In his poems, he occasionally used moon, sun, sky and cloud as symbols of his imagination. Furthermore, he leveled a great deal of experimentation on lyric. Probodh Chandra Sen (1897-1986) and Mofazzal Haider Chaudhuri (1926-1971) were his teachers in lyric.
Abdul Mannan Syed, a critic of Bangla literature conducted considerable research on the literary works on Jibananda Das and Kazi Nazrul Islam, Farrukh Ahmad, Syed Waliullah, Manik Bandyopadhyay, Bishnu De, Samar Sen, Roquiah Sakhawat Hossain, Abdul Ghani Hazari, Muhammad Wajed Ali & Prabodh Chandra Sen.
Abdul Mannan Syed's major literary works include : poetry Jonmandho Kobita Guchchha (1967), Nirbachito Kobita (1975), Kobita Company Private Limited (1982), Porabastob Kobita (1982), Park Streete Ek Ratri (1983), Machh Series (1984), Nirbachito Kobita (2002);
Short story: Satyer Moto Bodmash (1968), Cholo Jai Parokse (1973), Mrityur Odhik Lal Ksudha (1977);
Novel: Poripreoksiter Dasdasi (1974), O-te Ojogor (1982), Gobhir Gobhirtoro Osukh (1983), Ksudha Prem Agoon (1944), Shrabostir Dinratri (1998);
Research work: Jibanananda Daser Kobita (1974), Nazrul Islam: Kobi O Kobita, Korotole Mohadesh (1979), Chhondo (1985), Rabindranath (2001), Abdul Ghani Hazari (1989), Syed Murtaza Ali (1990),' Prabodh Chandra Sen (1994); Drama Chaka (1985), Natya Guchchha (1991), Kobi O Onyera (1996);
Translation work: Matal Manchitro (1970);
Edited work: Farrukh Ahmed-er Shrestha Kobita (1975); Somalochona Somogro: Jibanananda Das (1983), Bangladesher Kobita (1988), Samar Sener Nirbachito Kobita (1989), Sudhindranath Dutter Sunirbachito Kobita (1990), Muhammad Wazed Ali Rochonaboli (1st Part 1990, 2nd Part 1992), Michael Madhusudan Dutta: Shrestha Kobita (1992), Shrestha Prabandha: Begum Roquiah (2002).
For his contribution to Bangla literature Abdul Mannan Syed was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award (1981), Alaol Literary Award, Farrukh Memorial Award (1991), Nazrul Award (1998), Nazrul Padak (2001) by Nazrul Institute, Talim Hossein Award (2000), Lekhika Sangha Award, Alokta Sahitya Puraskar (2002). He breathed his last in Dhaka on 5 September 2010.