Biography of Sayeed Abubakar
Sayeed Abubakar, a major modern poet of Bangladesh, 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 namely `The Daily Sphulingo', 'The Daily Ranar', 'The Daily Purbanchal', 'The Daily Janmabhumi' and so on. 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 and Sayeed Abubakar started at his 11. 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 passed SSC and HSC examinations obtaining First Division in 1987 and 1989 respectively. He passed BA (Honors) in English in 1992 and Masters in English in 1993 from Rajshahi University. He joined the national fortnightly `Palabadal' as a sub-editor and edited this literary journal till 1999. But he got tired of the busy prosaic life in the capital city and left Dhaka for Chittagong to join Faujdarhat Cadet College as an English lecturer. 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, Jhenidah. 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 poems.
His poem was first published in the Daily Ittefaq 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 literary journals such as the Ittefaq, the Sangbad, the Dainik Bangla, the Inqilab, the Pakkhik Shoily, the Sachitra Bangladesh and so on. 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 of Bangladsesh and made him famous as a poet. The second edition of `Pranoyer Prathom Pap' was published in 2008. Now he has eleven collections of poetry including his " Shrestha Kabita" (Best Poems) . His poems have been published in many languages of the world such as English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Persian and Odia.
He is the editor of 'Bangla Literature', the only English literary journal in Bangladesh.
1. Shabdoshilon Award 2008
2. Lalon Award 2009
3. Panjia Sahitya Sommelon Sommanona 2010
4. Utsanga Srijan Chintan Sammanona 2012
5. Sristishil Lekhoksongho Sammanona 2014
6. DCL Literary Award 2015
7. Banglar Kabita O Sahitta Forum Award 2015
8. Syed Ali Ahsan Award 2017
9. Rock Pebbles International Literary Award 2017 (India)
10. Porichoi Literary Award 2017
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]
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]
4.Behester Bagan [2017, Envelope Publication, Dhaka]
Editing and Compiling:
1. Adhunik Bangla Kabita [2009, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
2. Anthology of the World Poetry [2010, I-Proclaim Press, USA]
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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
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.
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.
Break down all the walls, all the boundaries man-made. The whole earth is a country where we live.
Birds have no country, fishes no country. Rivers do not count Army or border.
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
The Guitar Of Light
It seems someone has cast a dark net and the town has become a trout caught in that net; It seems no morning has ever approached here, the town has sub-merged in an over-flowing darkness.
At midnight, I went to bed but failed to sleep. In the air, I listened the cry of people
Mind Burnt In Love
Mind has been burnt in love,
the branches of shimul* tree covered with flowers;
I sense the advent of spring that had appeared
in the age of ice.