Mahadev Saha is one of the most noted contemporary Bangladeshi poets. His immense contribution to Bangladeshi poetry, over the last four decades, has earned him international acclaim as well.
On August 5, the veteran poet turned 67. On the occasion, Mahadev Saha Janma Utshab Parishad organised a celebration programme for Saha at the Coffee House premises in Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. Promising poets, fans and well wishers from different sections of the society wished the poet with flowers, books, sweets and gifts.
Noted lyricist Shahidullah Farazi, poet Rabindra Gope, Aslam Sani, general secretary of Jatiya Kabita Parishad; journalist-writer Rezaul Karim Talukdar; poets Afroza Kona, Nilima Chowdhury; writers Mahmudul Bashar, Saiduzzaman; folk singer Fakir Shahabuddin among others, spoke at the programme.
Farazi said, “A poet is a warrior by nature. Poets always fight for the people and their writings bring forth varied social problems like injustice, dishonesty, corruption and communalism. Saha holds one of the top most positions in our literary arena. His poems are subtle and inspirational.”
Gope commented, “Mahadev Da never cared for recognition or patronage. The noticeable elements of Saha's poetry are loneliness, love, yearning, Liberation War, nature, hardship and secularism. His style is unquestionably unique.”
Sani said, “Saha has been working to enrich Bengali literature with his bold, clear and sincere writings. Many of his poems depict our political and social setting.”
Bashar remarked “Some critics regard him as a romantic poet. This is only partially true. He is also a socially aware poet. He was deeply involved with several literary and progressive movements.”
The speakers also discussed Saha's contribution to journalism. They also extended him good wishes for a happy and peaceful life of the poet. After the discussion, noted singer Bari Siddiqui performed at the programme.
Saha was born on August 5, 1944 in Dhanghara, Sirajganj. The only child of Godadhor Saha and Birajmohini, Mahadev Saha completed his primary and high school education in his village. He started writing poetry at an early age. For higher education he attended Dhaka College, Bogra College and Rajshahi University. He has published over 100 books of poetry.