“Maybe I'm no human, humans are different;
They can walk, they can sit, and they can wander room to room
They are different; they are afraid of death, scared of snakes.”
– Nirmalendu Goon's “Maybe I'm No Human” (translation: S M Maniruzzaman)
The renowned poet Nirmalendu Goon is scheduled to speak at the Dhaka Lit Fest 2016 to talk about his life as a poet. One of the most popular contemporary poets of Bangladesh, Goon made his mark in Bengali literature through his long and consistent writing since his first book of poems came out in 1970.
He has published 45 collections of poetry and 55 collections of prose. Goon's poetry criticises the nouveau riche, expresses love for freedom, and faith in the human spirit, and urges an upheaval of the poor against the rich. He also has written many poems on important personalities, including Rabindranath Tagore, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Lenin, Shakti Chattopadhyay, and others.
Born in Barhatta, Netrokona, Goon belongs to the generation of writers that emerged in the 1960s. The contradictions and conflicts of that time period influenced his writings. An avowed Marxist, the themes of his writings address an urge to overcome restrictions and break down the barriers dividing the human race.
Goon's talent exceeds the boundaries of written words into the realm of painting. He drew the cover art for his first book of poetry himself. Later he started to paint on a regular basis, and the first exhibition of his paintings was held in the seminar room of the Public Library of Dhaka, in July, 2009.
Goon has won many awards over the years including the Bengal Academy Puroshkar, Shadhinota Padak, Gemcon Shahitya Puroshkar, Gourakishor Literary Award in Kolkata, the Ekushey Padak, the Samakal-BRAC Bank Shahitya Puroshkar, and many more. He has also won the Shadhinota Puroshkar in 2016, which is considered as one of the most reputed awards in the country.
Nirmalendu Goon's works:
Ānandaudyāna (1995) Bhrami deśe deśe (2004) Caitrera bhālobāsa (1975) Cirakālera bām̐śi (1986) Dhābamāna hariṇera dyuti (1992)
Dūra ha duḥśāsana (1983) Gadyasamagra (1997) Gīnasabārgera saṅge (1994) Kābyasamagra (1992-1993) Muthophone'r Kabbo (2003) Nā premika, nā biplabi (1972) Nāma diẏechi bhālobāsa (1998) Nirañjanera pr̥thibi (1986) Nirbācita (2000) Nirguṇera jārṇāla (1987) Nirmalendu Guṇera premera kabita (1987) Nirmalendu Guṇera rājanaitika kabitā (1989) Pañcāśa sahasra barsha (1995) Premāṃśura rakta cāi (1970) Priẏa nārī hārāno kabitā (1996) Pr̥thibījoṛā gāna (1982) Racanā 2000 (2001) Raktajharā Nabhembara 1975 (1997) Śaktismr̥ti o anyānya (1997)
Selected poems of Nirmalendu Goon / edited with an introduction by Khondakar Ashraf Hossain (2001) Śiẏare Bāṃlādeśa (1998) Tāra āge cāi samājatantra (1979) Yakhana āmi bukera pān̐jara khule dān̐rāi (1989)