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News Stardom: kolkata, 6 April 2020 Biplab Majumdar, author of nearly 90 books on prose and poetry, recipients of 02 Honorary D.Litt.s [ WAAC (UNESCO) and IWA, USA] and 01 Honorary KNIGHT (Malta), is popularly known as Indian Coetzee (John M Coetzee) because what he writes as poetry, scholars /poets/critics write four times on his works. Nearly 100 Research papers, 12 Books have been written on his 04 poetry collections(English). From the Governor of West Bengal to the President of India have appreciated his phenomenal genius in literature. An M.Phil dissertation, (Click Here) “Social Consciousness in The Poetry of Biplab Majumdar” has been done on his works by a research scholar named Pallavi Kiran, ISM University, Jharkhand, 2013. (click here) Biplab Majumdar was born in Kolkata on 10th January, 1966 in a very common Bengalee middle class family. He was the only son of Birendra Majumdar and Gita Majumdar. Both of them are dead now. He studied upto Class VIII at Behala Sikshayatan, Kolkata and then passed Higher Secondary Examination from Nabakrishna Pal Adarsha Sikshayatan, Jadavpur, Kolkata. Subsequently, he completed his B.Sc. from Garia Dinabandhu Andrews College, Kolkata and Post-graduation in Document Examination from Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology & Forensic Science, MHA, Delhi.

He is a Forensic Document Examiner by profession and at present holding the prestigious chair of Director, Document Division, CID, West Bengal – the one and only post in West Bengal. He was a very naughty boy in his childhood. He was fond of mainly outdoor games like Football, Cricket, Flying Kites, Fishing from ponds etc. He liked to play all day long if he was allowed to. He was always a headache to his mother. Though academic studies was not attractive to him he had a strong obsession for reading Comics, Story books, Rhymes, Fairy tales, Ghost stories etc. During his adolescence he felt a strong urge to express his feelings through poetry. Perhaps that urge was developed in his subconscious mind due to excessive poetry reading. He wrote a good number of poems but did not dare to send them for publication, lest they were rejected. His poems were kept in dairies for a quite long period.

He wrote his first poem (Nil aakasher deshe / balaka jai vese…) at the age of twelve. That was lost, never published anywhere. His first book ‘Kichu Sadharan Kavita’ (Some Ordinery Poems, 1997) was published at the age of 31. In the beginning of his literary career he was highly impressed by the works of Sukanta Bhattacharjee. But later the works of Jibananda Das engulfed his poetic entity, and the phase continued for a considerable period. With the passage of time he was attracted to the poetry of Sunil Gangopadhyay, Suvas Mukhopadhyay, Sankho Ghosh, Shamsur Rahaman, Purnendu Patri and above all Rabindra Nath Tagore. In English Shelly, Keats, Yeats, Pablo Neruda, Matthew Arnold etc. were always inspirational for him. As he was a voracious reader he read a considerable number of prose works of eminent writers e.g. Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay, Abanindranath Thakur, Ashapurna Devi, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, Shankar, Sunil, Samaresh, Shirshendu etc. At the same time he went through the world classics by Adgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, Guy De Maupussant, Dale Carnegie, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle etc.

In the year 1999 he started editing a Bengali poetry magazine ‘SAHITYA UTSAV’. At that time the term ‘Globalization’ was in air and being uttered frequently. He created a column in his magazine ‘Kavitar Viswayan’ (Globalization of Poetry), where poems by contemparary poets across the globe were translated into Bengali. Another column ‘Pradeshic Batayane’ (Through the neighbouring window) was introduced in it where poets across India were placed among the poets and readers of Bengal. All these were done to encourage the feelings of mutual respect and brotherhood.

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