New Poetry Book in Bengali

book_launch2A bilingual poetry book titled “Premaloker Kanan” (The Garden of Love-Light) by Bangladesh-born poet, painter, musician and mystic Guru Sri Chinmoy was launched on January 30 at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in the capital. Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman presided over the programme and unveiled the book while writer-researcher Professor Karunamoy Goswami spoke on life and works of Sri Chinmoy. Shantisri, a Scottish-American disciple of Sri Chinmoy, delivered welcome address at the event. She is now in Bangladesh to initiate Sri Chinmoy Centre: one in Dhaka and another in Chittagong, the birthplace of Sri Chinmoy. Journalist Munni Saha emceed the event. Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) first wrote the poetry book in Bengali, and then, set them to music. He, later, translated the book in English.

Karunamoy Goswami wrote introduction of the book. “It is wonderful to think that there is a garden, a garden of love, a garden of love-light. It is even more wonderful for me to think that in New York, a modern day mystic like Sri Chinmoy, believed that the world still was a garden where human beings blossomed like flowers, and that cosmic love was still there to illuminate them with its amazing light,” mentions Goswami. Professor Anisuzzaman recited a poem from the book while Shantisri read out the English version of it. Rintu Chakravarty from Singapore rendered several songs from the book at the event.

A charismatic personality who created countless paintings, published 1600 books and left behind around 10000 disciples (naming them with Bangla names) across the world, Sri Chinmoy is best known as a man of peace for his fortnightly meditation programmes at the United Nations in New York.  He received the Médaille d’Or (Gold Medal) for literature from France and the World Peace Literature Award from the University of Washington, USA.

This is his third book in Bengali. Apart from this, “Paramanande Path-e” and “Dibbya Purush” have been published by Balaka Prakashan. His book on meditation will be published in Bangladesh next month. A biography of the legend titled “Achena Sri Chinmoy” has been written by prominent Indian writer Shankar. He wonders why a man who is so renowned in the world at large is still relatively unknown in his birthplace. A world record was created when one of his poems, “Precious” was translated into 203 languages and recited at a programme in New York.

SOURCE: Zahangir Alom, thedailystar.net

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