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Nicaragua, ultimately

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

It was Pete Seeger who, on learning from me that I wished to visit Nicaragua to write a book in Bengali on the Revolution, recommended me to Father Ernesto Cardenal, the priest, poet and guerilla, who was then the Minister of Culture of the Government of Reconstruction in Nicaragua. One day I got a letter […]

Maya Angelou

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

Maya Angelou was like a mother for me. On learning that I wanted to write a book on the anti-establishment personalities in the USA on the basis of elaborate interviews she told me to give her the manuscript so her publisher could publish the book. I told her that I wanted the book to be […]

My Nicaraguan dream

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

I prepared for my dream trip to Nicaragua by reading books on Latin American history, politics and literature and by taking lessons in Spanish language. My plan to write a book on the anti-establishment personalities in the USA took me to the doorsteps of Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), Paul Sweezy, Harry Macdoff, Annette Rubinstein, Bertel […]

Manab Mitra!

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

Work at the VOA was arduous and boring. But I profited a lot from mixing with all sorts of people in America and reading books, journals and periodicals. I planned to write a book on the anti-establishment personalities in the USA and I started to read voraciously. America is a place where one can really […]

Life in USA

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

My job in VOA was permanent, but spending my life in the USA was not my intention because by 1979 I had found my songwriter’s voice, so to say, and I had written several songs, all rather political in nature, that my friends liked. Music has always been my first love and I thought I […]

The Voice of America

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

In 1976, I started to send articles to the Desh Patrika and owing to the benevolent and liberal attitude of Sagarmoy Ghosh, the editor, my articles also started to get published. I wrote mostly on German literature, politics and society. In 1979, I came back to Calcutta for several months as the Calcutta correspondent of […]

My first song writing days

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

In 1973, I went to France for three months on an exchange program. There I heard Bob Dylan sing A Hard Rain’s agonna Fall and Blowing in the Wind on a concert recording. It was the famous Concert for Bangladesh. Although I had heard a lot of English pop songs since my childhood, I never […]

Music in my life

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

I have always felt quite uneasy about dogmas. Bertrand Russell’s writings addressed my intellect more than Marx’s writings did. For one thing, I have always been suspicious of the lack of humor and wit in certain social and political theories and thoughts. However, I also know that when the point is to change the world […]

The political world

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

I became aware of the political world only after leaving school and entering the undergraduate course in English Literature, Jadavpur University, in 1966. That was a turbulent time. The leftist parties were emerging with a greater force in West Bengal politics while, on the other hand, the Marxist-Leninist ideology was gathering momentum, attracting the Bengali […]

The ‘singer’ in me

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

I find it curious that all these people found only a “singer” in me. In 2003, I started anchoring a TV talk show in the Tara News channel: Live doshtay. This live show was telecast four times every week and it was quite a popular show. In that show I interviewed people from all walks […]

Kabir Suman here!

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

When Sm. Mamata Banerjee, the leader of the Trinamool Congress, announced my name as a TMC candidate for the Jadavpur parliamentary constituency in West Bengal, even close friends were surprised. A few of them called me up to know why I decided to be a candidate. The question was twofold: 1) What makes you join […]

Conversation with a friend

Monday February 3, 2014 by এডমিন

Kabir Suman speaks to Dr Sthabir Dasgupta, his long time friend SDG: Can you tell me in just one sentence, what is the main issue in this parliamentary Election in West Bengal? KS: Remove the CPI-M. SDG. But why? Is it because this party has destroyed the concept of Democracy for their sectarian outlook or […]

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