Nazrul Islam: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Man


Category : Pratibha Basu

NazrulPratibha Basu (translated by Khademul Islam)
Of the three youths who at that time were the talk of the whole of Bengal, one was Subhas Chandra Bose, one was Nazrul Islam and the third was Dilipkumar Roy. Their names were on everybody’s lips, uttered in every house…I had learnt a lot of songs from Dilip da – his own songs, Dwijendralal’s songs, songs by Atulprasad, all their songs of course, but most of all Nazrul Islam’s songs. Dilip da taught me many ways to control and modulate my voice. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast, sometimes something in between…From this polished, educated, complete young man I not only learnt how to sing, but through contact with him I also learnt the meaning of the word ‘culture’…