On November 27, 2015 Hawakaal Publisher (Kolkata) and Literature Studio (Delhi) in association with the Dept. of English, Raiganj Surendranath Mahavidyalaya conducted an interactive session on Heights of Life by Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, in the conference hall of the college. The Additional District Magistrate of North Dinajpur district, the Principal of the college, Dr Prabir Roy along with the bestselling author and poet Dr Kiriti Sengupta formally launched the book. The session witnessed another launch of the chapbook, A Freshman’s Welcome by Kiriti Sengupta.
Academician Dhritiman Chakraborty, noted researcher and critic, Subashish Bhattacharjee and Kiriti Sengupta were the panellists. They were in conversation with the author of Heights of Life. Dr Sengupta, with his illustrious presentation addressed the keynote of A Freshman’s Welcome which presents the struggle and persistence of Tanmoy Bhattacharjee as a background score behind the publication of his book of poems, and also which is dedicated to all aspiring poets in the world. Kiriti stated:
“Tanmoy’s journey from a teacher/postgraduate scholar to a moderately successful creative writer was not an easy affair. It took courage, guts, pain and above all, his never-say-die determination! And now that I am here to release his maiden venture, Heights of Life, I’m literally proud of being his beloved author.”
Sengupta reinstated his associative take on Tanmoy’s poetry through the analysis of one of his poems from the collection “I Inquire ... Rain”:
“What do we expect from poetry? I look out for a secured shelter that will provide some good food for my thoughts. I Inquire … Rain is certainly a readers’ delight. Poetry reads best when it treats the philosophies of life in a unique way. Tanmoy writes: “While oneness with earth/ You make prosody/ Of all the lives within/.” He has wonderfully projected the interplay of three important constituents of Panchabhuta, which is comprised of five classical elements in ancient Hindu scriptures. They are: kshiti (soil/earth), ap (water), tej (fire), marut (air), and byom (ether/sky). Ancient Greek philosophers believed in them as well. Here Tanmoy uses water (as in rain), earth, and “prosody of all the lives within.” It is said rhythm of sound traverses through ether, and it is with the advent of Omkara, the sacred sound that refers to ‘soul’ and is believed to be the ultimate reality of our worldly existence, “the filth of mind” is finally removed. What a poem! Here Tanmoy talks about spiritual communion with poetic allegory by the word “oneness.””
Dhritiman Chakraborty, Assistant Professor (English) at the Raiganj Surendranath Vidyamandir (North Dinajpur, West Bengal) opined:
“Tanmoy's poetic-scape is that rare combination where there is the lilting charm of poetic muse speaking to us from its unalloyed ecstasy, it also displays a sensitive mind of one who hawks over the contemporary world of simulacra and kitsch. His voice has both the charm of a Virgin Mary and the rage of a fiery Medusa.”
And the other researcher, Subashish Bhattacharjee, a UGC-Research Fellow in the department of English, North Bengal University, observed:
“Tanmoy's poems, capturing the essence of the microcosmic imagery, contain the empassioned strain of measuring a tranquil eloquence against my sense of belonging. The poems display a consciousness of one's surroundings that serves to implicate my personal ontological possibilities even as I keep locating roots to realize my beings and becomings as a reader of this poignancy.”
The speakers and the honourable guests were felicitated by the Principal of the Surendranath Mahavidyalaya.
Report by: Bitan Chakraborty, Kolkata, Nov 30, 2015, <email@example.com>
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