Carving a new poetic idiom
Art which does not touch life and does not speak of the common man’s struggle and strife is no art at all. For art should have a purpose and for good art to survive it needs an audience. For just as it is the duty of the artiste to give people a good taste of times and art, it is the duty of the of the reader to appreciate and encourage good work so that crass commercialism does not crush the sensitive , enlightened voice. Such a sensitive yet bold and refreshing voice is Himangshu Prasad Das. A recent pass out of National School of Drama, a capable actor and a reputed director, who for the last few years has been making a forceful and insightful foray into the craft of writing through the medium of poetry, sometime to voice current issues like misplaced idealism, effects of globalization, commercialism, youth gone astray, unemployment, of generation gap or communication gap. If he calls himself the naxal poet in one of his pennings, then he also gives voice to the matters close to the human heart like the ecstasy of new found love, the pangs of separation from one’s beloved. Himangshu Prasad Das‘s poems are like a breath of fresh air that is bent on breaking conventional idioms of poetry. You find in him the rawness of a naxal poet, the passion of a revolutionary, the tenderness of a youth high in love, the cutting edge of a philosopher and the innocence of a child. He is a man who is in search of a muse so he rightly calls his collection ‘Aei suwali abar bhal pai saba naki?’
Himangshu Prasad Das is that raw, sensitive passionate voice who has learnt to juggle both pain and pleasure, revolution and evolution, development and degeneration with ease of one who can by turns become a sensitive, sensuous lover and also revolutionary and progressive by turns. His pen is not dipped in nectar, he uses sensitivity to touch upon current issues, and rawness and passion to speak of personal loss, pain and love. If he chooses to speak in a conversational, rough mode in the title poem then he can also portray human sentiments with a rare candor.
For all who appreciate brave, bold attempts and understand the need to break conventions, idioms, rhythms of poetry, to analyse today’s changing dynamics of times, problems and relationships, Himangsu Prasad Das’ collection would be an interesting attempt. ‘Aei suwali abar bhal pai saba naki?’, slated for release in the forthcoming book fair, will appeal to both to the young and the matured.