Poet for the World: The Universality of Kazi Nazrul Islam.

মারিয়া এলেনা বাররেরা-আগারওয়াল | ১ মার্চ ২০১৫ ৮:১৯ অপরাহ্ন

nazrul-pic.gifWhen I was preparing for this talk, my first intention was to create a lecture structured traditionally, infused with abundant quotations taken from the choicest scholarly sources available. A few weeks into my work, I was proofreading the text when I realized that most of these sources – almost every one of them, in fact – were taken from highly respected, highly acclaimed, commonly quoted European and American authors and academicians. (সম্পূর্ণ…)

Oral Traditions of Bangladesh: Some Basic Traits

shamsuzzaman khan | ২১ মার্চ ২০০৮ ২:২৩ অপরাহ্ন

In the USA and some European countries the synchronic method of studying folklore has been a modern trend in recent times. Since this sub¬continent of ours has a history of great antiquity and a perennial backwardness in social development, non-literate culture or oral culture still has an abiding influence. This means the synchronic method in the study of our folkloric corpus will not help us identify the inner significance of many local folk-genres. Therefore, our research paradigm must be formulated integrating both the synchronic and the diachronic methods. Unless we can build a holistic discourse model of this kind, the objective study of our folklore is not possible. A.K. Ramanujan has, as we notice, made an attempt of this kind in his study of Kannada and Tamil folklore1. No such innovative attempt has yet been noticed in the eastern part of the sub-continent, particularly the region comprising Bangladesh, West Bengal etc.

However, it is important to note that the active tradition bearers perform the items of their repertoire keeping in mind the historical continuity of local performance tradition. This is why the performance of a folk narrative or folksong or a ballad cannot be appreciated if it is viewed synchronically.

By ignoring the central authoritarian and hegemonic pressure and studying the ancient scriptures in the minutest detail the rural bards have succeeded in building a liberal cultural worldview of their own which is tolerant of others views and free from the bondage of religious fanaticism and scriptural injunctions. Rabindranath Tagore said, “Bangladesh had always been free from scriptural obsessions. The doctrines of Buddhism and Jainism had always an abiding influence in this country or its neighborhood. Both Magadha and Bengal were treated as outcastes. (সম্পূর্ণ…)

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