Anik Khan’s Poetry on canvas
On December 30, 2017, a very distinctive exhibition was unveiled at the EMK centre, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Generally, when we speak of exhibitions, the first thing that comes to mind is paintings, but, this time it was colourful strokes that was put up for show, it was poetry. Yes, it was Anik Khan's words that had occupied the white canvas!
This was the second exhibition of its kind and it was open for all till January 4, 2018. Anik Khan is a poet and a journalist. He has written for many magazines and publications from which his SMS Kabbo published in Rosh+Alo, The Daily Prothom Alo, one of the most cherished one, especially by youths.
Being very jolly and humble in nature, Anik interacted personally with almost all the attendees.
In his poem 'Choto Choto Choa', he very allegorically represented a new form of metaphoric comparison as he said, "Chawa gulo tuccho boro noy moote, Sheet e hobo lip balm tomar ei thoote". He has somehow managed to alter the scenario or romance by comparing himself with his beloved's lip balm. His poems, written in very simple and common language reaches the audience very easily.
This poet is not just a mere jingle writer, there is more to his words. Limericks like "Bash baganer mathar upor chaand uthe na ar, akash jure twinkle twinkle little star" from his poem 'Rashtro Vasha Bangla Chai' published in Rosh+ Alo, shows his critical and ironic approach towards the present reign of the language English in such a nation which once fought for their mother tongue.
On January 3, 2018, a special session was added to this exhibition as Anik along with two other aspiring and promising poets Akhtaruzzaman Azad and Al Nahian accompanied each other for a live poetry adda. At the beginning of the session, Anik announced that even though it was the first one with Azad and Nahian, this poetry session is number to be V8.0.
Back in 2015, they first started these poetry sessions along with lots of adda and fun. He shared how he had first met Azad at Ekushey Book Fair and was almost mesmerised by his poems. He was so overwhelmed by his work that he even asked many fair dwellers to buy Azad's book instead of his one.
After a series of poem recitals and suddenly the evening became more like a poetry mehfil. At one point, the poems came down to a very simple but interesting level. Azad said, "Previously, poems were supposed to be like bouncers to the general readers. The meaning was only to be understood by the educated ones but that's not the case anymore."
To this thought, Nahian added by saying, "When an audience can predict my next line, I find that more joyous than any other success. It means that he or she was so engrossed with my words that he began to think and construct his own lyrics."
The session went on as the audience was free to ask questions whenever they wanted and to whomever they like. The known and the unknown were having a session with poets which was the last session of the programme.