Observer Cultural Correspondent
Bangladesh -Malaysia Poets Summit 2015 recently held in the city. Hosted by KATHAK, Bangladesh-Poetry Initiative, the event focused on getting poets and poetry lovers together to define path for the bilateral development and propagation of the poetic arts in Bangladesh and Malaysia.
About 13 poets took part in the summit. Participating poets were National Laureate from Malaysia, Dato Dr. Ahmad Kamal Abdullah, Professor Arbak Othman, Raja Rajeswari Seetha Raman, Lily Siti Multatuliana, Dr. Fazilah Husin and Umar Uzair. Renowned Belgian poet Germain Droogenbroodt and Bangladeshi poets were Asad Chowdhury, Hayat Saif, Mohammad Nurul Huda, Habibullah Sirajee, Jahidul Huq and Aminur Rahman.
As part of the festival, three poets from Bangladesh (Aminur Rahman), Belgium (Germain Droogenbroodt) and Malaysia (Dato Dr. Ahmad Kamal Abdullah) took part in an art camp which was held at the premises of the Gallery Chitrak in Dhanmondi. The paintings from the art camp were on display at the Gallery Chitrak. At the inaugural ceremony of the group art exhibition, veteran painters Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam, noted artists Mohammad Muniruzzaman, Maksudul Ahsan, senior poets, cultural and social personality, participating artists cum poets, among others, attended.
The painters' modes of expression are realistic, semi-realistic, abstract and abstract-expressionism. They have drawn inspiration from nature and its various manifestations. Strong brushstrokes and bold colour configuration define the highly abstract work of the painters. They concentrate on pure forms and compositions where deep crimson, emerald green, bright yellow, burning crimson and soothing sapphire have been applied in thick overlapping layers. They represent nature, with surging colours like ash, azure, white, shades of chocolate-brown and mauve. Large and tiny dashes, varied shapes -- merging into each other -- suggest the seasons of the countries.
The painters try to communicate with nature and its varied mysterious aspects. The nature that surrounds us is an endless source of beauty and mystery. They find inspiration in the finest details, like a drop of rain, tranquil nature, foliage, a fragment of white in a blue sky etc. Each of these elements contains a new story for them and an invitation to embark on a new journey.
About the poets:
Aminur Rahman was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1966 and graduated with an M-PHARM degree. At present he is considered to be one the most well known poets in abroad from Bangladesh. He has published six collections of poems in Bangla. His work has been translated in more than twenty five languages and has poetry books in English (2), Spanish (3), German, Japanese, Mongolian and Arabic. He is a renowned writer and art critic and has two prose books in his credit. As an accomplished translator he has translated ten books of poetry and edited few poetry magazines and books. As an invited author, Aminur Rahman has read his work world-wide at various international arts & literary festivals, universities and cultural venues. He has represented Bangladesh in the Poetry Festival in Colombia, Malaysia, Mongolia, India, Iraq, Japan, Sri Lanka, Spain, Nicaragua, etc. He was Awarded Chinggish Khaan Gold Medal (2006) in Mongolia and CLA. Honour (2007) in Malaysia.
Germain Droogenbroodt was born in 1944 at Rollegem, the Flemish part of Belgium. In 1987 he moved to the Mediterranean artist village of Altea and integrated in Spanish literary life. Germain Droogenbroodt is an internationally appreciated poet, translator, publisher and promoter of modern poetry. So far he wrote eleven poetry books. He speaks six languages - more than thirty collections of German, Italian, Spanish, English and French poetry books are his asset. As founder and editor of POINT Editions (POetry INTernational) he has published more than eighty collections of modern poetry. In 1996 he sets up a new poetic movement, called neo-sensacionismo with the famous Chinese poets Bei Dao and Duo Duo. He is also an advisor of The Poetic Bridge, a Japanese-English poetry publication of which he has also been a co-founder. He has been honoured with a Doctor of Literature, h.c. in Egypt in 1990 and awarded several prizes. Germain Droogenbroodt has been granted the prestigious Mihai Eminescu Prize at the International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania (September 2014) and awarded in the International Poetry Festival in Tetovo, Macedonia (October 2014).
Dato Dr Ahmad Kamal Abdullah
Dato Dr Ahmad Kamal Abdullah is widely known as KEMALA, famous Malaysian poet, literary critic and writer. He was born on 30 January 1941. Since 2011 he is the Malaysian National Laureate and from 2008 the Fellow Scholar in the University Putra Malaysia. He has published Purple Landscape (2009), 1000 Poetical Pantun (2011), Dharmawijaya: poet from Kampung Talang (2012), etc. He has twelve books of poems including the masterpiece 'Ayn'. Professor VI Braginslky has mentioned this book as a gem from Malaysia, and according to Lalita Sinha 'Ayncan be regarded as important as Gitanjali of Rabindranath Tagore'. As president of Numera Malaysia he has introduced Numera World Poetry Reading since 2012. He is the pioneer of the well known Kuala Lumpur World Poetry Reading from 1986 to 2006. University of Education Sultan Idris has awarded him title of Pujangga (Man of letters) in 2003. In 2001 Sultan of Selangor made him as knight (Dato') with DPMS. Besides poetry, essays, short story and talks he is enjoying himself with painting also these days. Since 1996 he is the Chairman of the Mosque Abdul Rahman Ibn Auf in Kuala Lumpur.