Monday, October 19, 2009

Atul Prasad Sen,poet,singer and composer

Atul Prasad sen, was a Bengali Poet, lyricist and singer. He hailed from the village Magor in south Bikrampur, Faridpur (Bangladesh).He was born in his maternal uncle's house in Dhaka (as was the custom at that time). His father died when he was a toddler. He was brought up by his maternal grand father Kalinarayan Gupta, a follower of Bhagavat and a good singer and a lyricist of devotional songs, who initiated him in music and devotional songs. In 1890, he passed the matriculation Examination and came to Calcutta for further study in Presidency College. After being graduated , he went to London and returned back successfully passing Barrister at law. He opened his practice in Rangpur and Calcutta and then settled in Lucknow, where he became the President of the Oudh Bar Association and oudh Bar Library. During his stay in Lucknow he might be getting inspiration from the musical environment there.
He is principally remembered as a musician and composer. His songs centred round three broad perspectives-patriotism,devotion and love.The sufferings he experienced in his life found their ways into his lyrics, and this has made his songs full of pathos. Atulprasad is credited with introducing the Thumri style in bengali music.He also pioneered Ghazal's in Bengali, composing about 6 or 7 Ghazals.
He was one of the founder of non-resident (now Nikhil Bharat) Banga Sahitya Sammilan. He edited the organisation's magazine Uttara and chaired the Kanpur and Gorakhpur conventions. Though he did not take part in active politics , he was a supporter Congress and later showed liberal tendencies. He spent most of his earnings in the welfare of the local people. He also donated his wealth and copy right of his writings to welfare oriented organisation.
Amongst his written works were Kakali, Some songs and Gitaguchcha.
Insome of his songs such as "Uthogo Bharata Lakshmi"had touch of foreign tunes. The German Poet Gette's word got shape in his life.
He was popular in Lacknow in the name of Nawab Atul and the name of a road was depicted by his name in his lifetime to honour his qualities and love for people.
Atul Prasad's house in Lucknow

Sunday, August 30, 2009


For the first time in Hiland Park, a demonstration had been arranged on "generating true happiness" by the sisters of Brahma Kumari of Bangur Avenue Kolkata on 29th Aug 2009, at 6.30 P.M. Notices were displayed in different towers welcoming the residents to attend.

The programme started after an announcement by Moly Chakraborty, one of the organiser of Hiland Park centre of Brahma Kumari of bangur Avenue Branch, Kolkata.

Moly Chakraborty announcing the progeamme.

Flowers were offered to all the sisters by the senior citizens of Hiland Park.
Madhu Diti receiving flowers.

Ashmita diti explaining what is happiness. how we can be happy at least for a moment. She asked everybody to maintain silence for one minute to feel it.

Padma diti also delivered lecture.
The programme continued for some time more.
Budha meditating in Borim Temple, Korea.
Siva meditating, Bangalore

Workshop for meditation, 1979, Nambassa, Newzealand.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Observance of 15th Aug. in Hiland Park

Hiland Park observed 15th Aug. in the morning at 9.30 A.m. Dr. Swaraj Banerjee, 17A2 Fjord,(ex-prof., Medical College) hoisted the flag. National anthem was sung by the participants.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Nazrul sandhya

Residents of HILAND PARK observed Nazrul Sandhya on 31.5.09 (Sunday). Before a small but respectable senior Citizens Mr. J.P.Roy in his inaugural note gave a brief sketch of Nazrul and requested Pro. P. Pal Chouhury to garland the portrait of Nazrul kept at the corner of the Lounge on 2nd floor.
In his note Mr. Roy said that Nazrul was born in a village, Churulia of Burdwan District on 25th. May, 1899. Born in a poor Muslim family , Nazrul had his primary education in a local school attached with the mosque where his father was a caretaker and worked as a muezzin. But due to the sudden death of his father,Kazi Fakir Ahmed, in 2008, he had to discontinue his studies and search for his livelihood.
Nazrul in his boyhood,serving in the mosque of his father, after his death.
He then joined in a "Letto," a group of singers and earned money by singing which he had to construct.
Mr. Gautom Baul,8A2 Bay, offered two openning songs of Nazrul. Mrs. Tapati Ganguli, 16 B1 Brook, offered a musical note of a nazrul Geeti.
Prof. R. Samadder wanted to study a few lines from his writings and before doing that he gave an introduction about Nazrul. He said, if we analyse the life span of Nazrul we found that there were four definite parts of his life :
1. Formal education : Nazrul had his formal education during 1906 to 1917, though there were breaks for economic reasons.
2. Sainik Jiban : from 1917 to 1920 he had joined the military in Bengalee Paltan.
Nazrul as a soldier
Nazrul went for hunting with his frien
3. Devoted to literaly work along with his personal life ; from1920 to 1941

Nazrul playing flute
4. A life of silence and void of memory: 1941 to 1976.
On further scruitiny we see that he passed an active and creative life during1906 to 1941 i.e. 35 years and silent, non-creative deceased life from 1941 to 1976 i.e. 35 years. This example is rare in the history of creative pesonality in the whole world.
In regards his creativity we see his able performance of creating songs and delivering it while he was in Letto group of singers. In his life a sainik he used to write small stories. His first small story, published in a paper, was "Banduler Atmakahini," his first poem that was published was "Mukti". he wrote his first Novel at that time, namely " Badhan Hara" published in 1919. After his life as a soldier he came to Calcutta and shared a room with Muzzaffar Ahmed in the premises of the office of Bangiya Bharatiya Muslim Samity. Here he was in charge of editting a fortnight magazine, namely Moslem Bharat. The magazine and his ability as a poet was gradually
expanding. He then was brought to 3/4 Taltala lane by Muzzaffar Ahmed to stay there and to edit jointly with him a magazine, Nabayug, published by Fazlul Haque. Her in one night he wrote his famous poetry BIDROHI.
Prof. Samadder started reading from his writings at this stage when, in 1922, Nazrul himself wanted to write a magazine, namely DHUMKETU, editor;Kazi Nazrul, Manager; Santipada Sinha, Printer and Publisher; Afzal ul Haque. The magazine was to be published twice in aweek. Rabindra nath Tagore and Sarat chadra Chattopadhyay welcomed the arrival of Dhumketu.
When Nazrul was put to jail for his writings Tagore dedicated his book BASANTA to Nazrul. A warder on guard was astonished to to learn that tagore had dedicated a book to this PRISNOR.
Prof. Samadder took 15 minutes in delivering his topic and after his delivery the audience appreciated him by clapping.
The Sandhya ended after many songs and recitations by the residents of Hiland Park.