Biography of Sayeed Abubakar
Sayeed Abubakar is a major modern poet of Bangladesh. He was born on September 21,1972 at Rambhodrapur, Panjia, Keshabpur, Jessore. His father was Nur Mohammad Biswas and mother Amena Khatun.
Sayeed Abubakar started writing poems at a very early age. He was then only 11. Many of those poems were published in the local newspapers of Jessore and Khulna named `The Daily Sphulingo', 'The Daily Ranar', 'The Daily Purbanchal', 'The Daily Janmavumi' etc. In those days he used to compose 60-70 poems every day, for he was determined to defeat Rabindranath Tagore by the number of poems. Reason is that Rabindranath started writing poems at his 8 years and Sayeed Abubakar started at his 11 years. Really it was a peculiar type of silly attempt of a young poet. Later he realized his mistake. But it helped him to be skilled both in rhymes and rhythm at the early stage of his life.
He did not stop running after poems ever. Actually poetry got mixed with his blood and soul. He was a brilliant syident. He passed his SSC and HSC examinations with First Division in 1987 and 1989 respectively. He obtained BA(Honours) and Masters degree in English in 1992 and 1993 from Rajshahi University. Then he joined the popular national fortnightly `Palabadal' as a sub-editor. He edited this literary magazine from 1998 to 1999. Suddenly he left Dhaka city for Chittagong to join Faujdarhat Cadet College as a lecturer of English. The hills and the Bay of Bengal attracted the poet very much but the strict routine-bound life of cadet college did not suit him. He left Faujdarhat Cadet College in 2003 and joined Govt. Lalon Shah College passing the prestigious BCS examination. He is now an assistant professor of English working at Sirajganj Govt. College, Sirajganj. But not a single day he forgot his mission of writing poetry.
In national daily his poem was first published in 1988. Then he was a student of class XI at BL Govt. College in Khulna. While in Rajshahi University, he completed composing some of his best lyric-poems. All those were published in the most popular national newspapers and national magazines like the Ittefaq, the Sangbad, the Dainik Bangla, the Inqilab, the Pakkhik Shoily, the Sachitra Bangladesh etc. His first book of poetry `Pranoyer Prathom Pap'(First Sin of Love) was published in 1996. It attracted the attention of the famous living poets. This very book made him famous as a poet in Bangladesh. The second edition of `Pranoyer Prathom Pap' was published in 2008. Now he has eight books of poetry in the market. Many of his poems have been translated in English and Spanish.
The famous publishing Company of USA, I-Proclaim Press, published his two books named 'Anthology of the World Poetry' and 'The Golden Kabin' (Translation of Al Mahmud's 'Sonali Kabin') in 2010. The famous publication of UK, Bubok, has published his 'Selected Poems: 2010-2012'in 2013.
He is the editor of an English little magazine named 'Bangla Literature'. Modern Bengali literature is presented here in English for the world readers.
Poet Syed Ali Ahsan, Syed Ali Ashraf, Al Mahmud, Abdul Mannan Syed, Nazib Wadud, Mohammad Safi, Hasan Alim, Khurshid Alam Babu, Abdul Halim Kha, Mokbul Mahfuz, Taufik Zahur, Dr Fazlul Haq Tuhin, Ahmad Basir, Hosne Ara Beauty, Shahin Saikat and others have written articles on this great poet. Al Mahmud has written essays two times on this poet, which is a rare incident in the field of modern Bengali poetry. Poet Al Mahmud in one of his essays written on Sayeed Abubakar says: 'I got surprised while reading his poems published in newspapers.' Abdul Mannan Syed says, 'Sayeed Abubakar is a real poet from top to toe.' Once reading his first book `Pranoyer Prathom Pap' poet Khurshid Alam Babu had declared in one of his easays: 'It is high time we declared that Sayeed Abubakar is the greatest young poet of Bangladesh.'
1. Shabdoshilon Award 2008
2. Lalon Award 2009
3. Panjia Sahitya Sommelon Sommanona 2010
4. Challish Bachhar Purtite Utsanga Srijan Chintan Sammanona 2012
5. Sristishil Lekhoksongho Sammanona 2014
6. DCL Literary Award 2015
7. Banglar Kabita O Sahitta Forum Award 2015 [taken from the hands of Finance Minister of People's Republic of Bangladesh Abul Maal Abdul Muhith.]
8. Syed Ali Ahsan Award 2017
9. Rock Pebbles International Award 2017 (India)
Sayeed Abubakar's Works:
1. Pranoyer Prothom Pap(First Sin of Love) [1996, Palabadal Publication, Fakirapool, Dhaka; 2nd edition 2008, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
2.Julekhar Shes Jal(Last Trap of Julekha) [2004, Palabadal Publication, Fakirapool, Dhaka; 2nd edition 2011, Parilekh, Rajshahi]
3. Sada Andhokarey Kalo Josnai(Into White Darkness and Black Moonlight) [2006, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
4. Mesopotemiar Mme(Mme of Mesopotemia) [2007, Parilekh, Rajshahi]
5. Bongatey Bosoti(Dwelling in Bengal) [2008, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
6. Ebar Ektibar Eksathey(Now Altogether for Once) [2010, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
7. Kapatakkha Parer Roddur(Sunrays on the Banks of the Kapatakkha) [2012, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
8. Kagoj Kusum(Paper-flowers) [2014, Mahakal, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
9. Tumi Balo Tumi Bristi Valobaso [2015, Parilekh, Rajshahi]
10. Shrestha Kabita [2015, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
11. Amar Kothao Jaoar Nei(I Have Nowhere to Go) [2017, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
12. Selected Poems: 2010-2012 [2013, Bubok, UK]
13. Poemas de Sayeed Abubakar: un Poeta Bengali[Sayeed Abubakar's poems in Spanish translated by Lorena Lopez Velazquez] [2013, Bubok, UK]
1. Kabita Kamal (Lotus of Poetry) [2006, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]]
2. Kabitar Adhunikata (Modernity of Poetry) [2010, Siddikia Publications, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka].
1. Chharachhari [2009, Parilekh, Rajshahi]
1. Modhusudoner Engreji Kabita [2009, Bhumika, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
2. The Golden Kabin(Translation of Al Mahmud's 'Sonali Kabin') [2010, I-Proclaim Press, USA]
3. Vinna Vasar Shrestha Galpo [2014, Mahakal, Dhaka]
1. Adhunik Bangla Kabita [2009, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
2. Anthology of the World Poetry [2010, I-Proclaim Press, USA]
Bangla Literature [1st Issue, February 2011]
Bangla Literature [2nd Issue, April 2012]
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Sayeed Abubakar Poems
A Strange Boy
An innocent boy leaving the lap of mother opened his fearful eyes in the war-trodden world and asked in a depressed voice, 'Where have I come? ' I told him the name of the earth.
A Love Poem
Forget Me Not
Forget me not, forget not me. Forget day hot, keep night with thee.
How many poems you have written, o Tagore! How many poems, o Jibananando Das! How many immortal pictures you have drawn, o Joinul! How many songs you have composed, o Nazrul!
A rose has bloomed so far, I get smell, can't see her.
A Fairy Tale
Once these paths were rivers, these fields the processions of water. One day on these paths
When you will read this poem composed in tears after one hundred years, remember, on this day of three twelves we swore by God dedicating us to ourselves
A Caged Bird
I am like a caged bird that doesn't ever get tired to find the way to fly in the lovely blue sky.
Birds have no country, fishes no country. Rivers do not count Army or border.
I have forgotten her face once I loved. I have forgotten her name once I recited in dream. I have forgotten her love which made me insane. I have forgotten all- meat, fish, sweets and ice-cream.
Sitting on the peak of mountain, whose face frequently I see; walking with my beloved on the streets of Rome, whose words I remember; like a pet pigeon, to whom my heart and body
A Guitar Of Light
Someone has, as it were, thrown away a dark net and the town has become a trout in that net; no morning, as it were, has ever approached here, the town has submerged in an overflowing darkness.
Break down all walls. Break down boundaries. The whole earth is a country where we live.
At midnight, I went to bed but failed to sleep. In the air, I listened the cry of people
Ever A Heart
My Existence said to me,
'The tongue is so vulgar-
day and night it chatters untiring.
Is there any way to silence it? '
I said, 'Why, keep a pebble into your mouth.'
After few days, the Existence once again said to me,
'The tongue has been silent. Now is there
any way to silence the heart? '