25th Anniversary and Literary Seminar
The Shanghai Literary Society is organizing a special 25th anniversary and literary seminar on 1st August 2015. Since the organization’s inception in 1989 the society has been organizing regular arts and cultural events, including an annual poetry festival, which attracts more that 1000 participants and poets from around the world, including special guests invited from Bangladesh, West Bengal, USA, Canada and Europe.
Poet, Novelist and Journalist Anisul Hoque
It has been confirmed by our distinguished guests and delegates of their attendance including renowned poet, writer, novelist and journalist Anisul Hoque (Associate Editor, Day Prothom Alo), poet and Journalist Mustafiz Shafi (Executive Editor, Daily Samakal), poet, writer and academician Soaib Gibran from Bangladesh, poet and writer Abdul Hasib from Canada, it is also confirmed that popular singer and musician Badsha Bulbul (Bangladesh) and musician and santoor player Kunal Saha from Kolkata also featuring the event.
Poet and Journalist Mustafiz Shafi
It just seems that Shanghati keeps growing and glowing with a remarkable vitality that demonstrates the creativity, respect, and understanding that the Shanghati has for the Bengali literature, arts and cultural field. It has broadly recognized that the Shanghati board and every member for their diligence, commitment, vision and support they have provided to Bengali literature throughout the world.
Poet & Writer Soaib Gibran
The 25th year anniversary and literary festival will be an even more special in the light of the recent expansion of its activities in running an externally funded project. The event will have colorful procession, seminar, poetry recitation, music and drama performances. It will be attended by the diverse communities of the UK and other parts of globe.
We have been promised to expand our creativity and our rich culture and literature in the multicultural society around the globe, and now the time, we are faced with the challenges of realizing that promise, work that requires us all to continue speaking out and acting on our commitments to make substantive and lasting changes.
Singer and Musician Badshah BulbulMusician and Santoor Player Kunal Saha
The strength and success of the work that Shangahti and our members has been doing for the last 25 years gives us the ability and courage to continue doing that work into the future, and look forward to work together.
সংহতি রজত জয়ন্তী ২০১৫
সংহতি আজ ২৫ বছরের যুবা। আজ থেকে ২৫ বছর আগে তৃতীয়বাংলায় কিছু তরুণ কবি ও সাহিত্যকর্মিদের প্রচেষ্টায় সংহতি সাহিত্য পরিষদের জন্ম হয়। জন্মলগ্ন থেকে সংহতি তার আদর্শ এবং কর্ম তৎপরতার মাধ্যমে একটি নিরেট সাহিত্য সংগঠনে পরিণত হয়েছে। বাংলা সাহিত্যের সব ক’টি ক্ষেত্রেই সংহতি সমান অবদান রেখে আসছে। সংহতি শুরুতে যুক্তরাজ্য থেকে সর্বপ্রথম বাংলা মাসিক সাহিত্যের কাগজ প্রকাশনার মধ্যদিয়ে যাত্রা শুরু করে। তারপর ধাপে ধাপে বাংলা সাহিত্যের বিভিন্ন ক্ষেত্রে সংযোজন করছে ভিন্ন মাত্রা। ২০০৮ সাল থেকে বাংলাদেশ ও পশ্চিমবঙ্গের বাহিরে সর্বপ্রথম বাংলা কবিতা উৎসব ও বহির্বিশ্বের বাংলাভাষার কবি সাহিত্যিকদের মূল্যায়নের লক্ষ্যে সাহিত্য পুরষ্কারের উদ্যোগ গ্রহণ করে। সংহতি কবিতা উৎসবকে কেন্দ্র করে প্রতি বছর বিশ্বের বিভিন্ন জায়গা থেকে অংশগ্রহণ করছেন কবি ও সাহিত্যিকরা। সংহতির ২৫ বছর জন্মবার্ষিকী উপলক্ষে পহেলা আগস্ট ২০১৫, পূর্বলন্ডনের কার্টেন থিয়েটারে উদযাপিত হতে যাচ্ছে রজত জয়ন্তী ও সাহিত্য সম্মেলন। এতে বাংলাদেশ থেকে উপস্থিত থাকার চুড়ান্ত সম্ভাবনার কথা জানিয়েছেন এ সময়ের জনপ্রিয় কবি, লেখক ও কথা সাহিত্যিক আনিসুল হক, কবি ও সাংবাদিক মুস্তাফিজ শফি, কবি ও সাহিত্যিক ড. শোয়াইব জিব্রান, ক্যানাডা থেকে কবি আব্দুল হাসিব, বিশিষ্ঠ সংগীত শিল্পী বাদশা বুলবুল ও কলকাতা থেকে আসছেন সানতুর শিল্পী কুনাল সাহা্। তাছাড়ও যুক্তরাজ্য ও ইউরোপের বিভিন্ন এলাকা থেকে অনেক কবি সাহিত্যিকরা অংশগ্রহণ করবেন। বিস্তারিত জানার জন্য যোগাযোগ করুন firstname.lastname@example.org
POETRY THE INSEPERABLE PART OF BENGALI LIFE (1960-80)
Exploring poetry writing and community evolution in East London during 1960-80
A unique project by Shanghati Literary Society
The project aims to help reveal the rich heritage of poetry in East London during 1960-80, primarily by Bengalis, through oral history and collecting community poems. This period represents a decade before and a decade after the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, which is partly designed to help understand the impacts of the tumultuous birth of a new country on community poetry. The project will include poetry by non-Bengalis of the area, which will help bring out the totality of the world of poetry writing in East London, the changing local context and the place of Bengali poetry writing. Now a group of volunteer researchers from East London are setting out to uncover that story, backed by a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Poetry writing and reading have been a very strong element of Bengali life for a long time. Not only professional or well-known poets participated in this art but many ordinary people in their spare time or during moments of inspiration wrote down verses on blank sheets of paper. Migrants who came to the UK from Bangladesh or Bengal part of East Pakistan before Bangladesh was created in 1971 resorted to writing and reading poetry in order to seek comfort, express and share thoughts and experiences, engage in cultural activities, explore romantic feelings, etc.
Many ordinary people sent their poems to Bengali newspapers and magazines to be published and some even spend money from their pockets to get their own books of short poetry printed, which they tried to sell through small shops, during community events or just give them out free of charge. There are literally hundreds of poets who produced works of different qualities and some of their works are probably in family archives somewhere in their homes and others may be found by going through old Bengali newspapers and community magazines and newsletters.
There is also a strong tradition of poetry within the mainstream communities of East London during the same period. For example, the Basement Writers Group spearheaded poetry activities in the area with regular performances and many publications.
From the 1960s onwards East London experienced major changes, caused by post war immigration, experiences of and fight against racism, decline of local industries, closure of docks and resistance by local people, rising unemployment, etc. The inclusion of poetry by non-Bengalis in the project will help develop an understanding of the shared and different worlds lived and experienced by the diverse communities of East London.
The project will recruit twelve volunteers and provide them with training on oral history, curatorial presentations and archival research. The volunteers will record oral history of forty community poets, collect 100 Bengali and English poems, and help produce a printed book and an illustrated exhibition, which will be showcased at the project end celebration at the Bancroft Local History Library and Archives.
Notes to Editors
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk.
About the Shanghati Literary Society
Shanghati Literary Society organises regular arts and cultural events, including an annual poetry festival in East London, which attracts more that 1,000 participants and poets from around the world, including special guests invited from Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. Since 2012 Shanghati has been delivering a number of unique externally funded community cohesion projects called Vision for Tolerance, Combating Prejudice and Community Literature Festival, the latter involve training on poetry, drawing and short story writing and running a competition.
Shanghati & Its Contribution
Shanghati Literary Society is a renowned name amongst Bengali community around the world. It was established in 1989 with a small group of poets based in London, UK. The aim and objectives was to enhance and promote the Bengali literature amongst the community living in the UK.
Over the years Shanghati has worked closely with diverse community in organising various cultural activities as well as publishing monthly bi-lingual literary magazines & other publicaitons. Amongst the literary publications Shanghati have published a Short Story Book (1989), Shanghati Poetry Collection (1990), Bengali Writers in Britain (2009), Selective Poems from the well know writers from UK (2009) & Bengali Poetry Festival Souvenirs (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Amongst the other regular activities Shanghati organises Bengali Poetry Festival, cultural activities, Poetry workshop, Seminars, Drama workshop and Recitation workshop for the young Brit-Bengali community living in the UK. Shanghati is actively playing a challenging role and contributing a leading part in bringing the Bengali literature into a common platform within the communities living in the UK and Europe.
This year Shanghati has enhanced its activity and taken on another challenging role in promoting the community cohesion. It has managed in organizing and accomplishing a completely new project called “Vision for Tolerance & Diversity” funded by Big Lottery and delivered by the Shanghati Literary Society. It involved organising and delivering seminar materials on various issues affecting prejudice/xenophobia/racism/Islamophobia/intolerance/extreme religious views, etc. This project involved working with Charlton Athletic Race Equality Partnership, LangdonParkSchool, TowerHamletsCollege, Cordova Foundations & Millwall Community Organisation to explore the causes of community tensions and combating fascism, racism, extremism etc. It emphasised on the power of community leadership to prevent and deal with factors and issues that caused the breakdown of good community relations – the case study involved Campaign against Derek Beacon’s election as a BNP candidate to Tower Hamlets Council and examined pros & cons of what went wrong and how it combated the rise of community tension. Examined the power of historical knowledge to combat stereotyping and certain false foundations on which intolerance and xenophobia flourish – focused on helping local ethnic minorities to understand and appreciate the white working class history and traditions of the East End. Shanghati worked with Year 8 students of LangdonParkSchool to research about the Boroughs diverse history and produce a drama and dance piece and a PowerPoint presentation for a half a day event. Examined Islamophobia with a case study of the recent EDL’s attempt to march towards the East London Mosque etc.
Shanghati is now 24 years old and has become a matured organisation in every aspect of literature. As part of literature activities Shanghati has yet organised another poetry festival under the banner of “Bengali Poetry Festival 2014 and Shanghati Silver Jubilee Anniversary” which is scheduled to be held in June 2014.
Shanghati Literary Award
Part of the poetry festival involves “Shanghati Literary Award Ceremony” acknowledging the contribution of various writers/poets currently practicing/writing in the UK. We have an independent board panel selecting the very best of individuals who have immensely contributed to the community in various forms. The individuals who were selected and awarded at last Poetry Festivals as follows:
- Shanghati Litarary Award: Poet Ataur Rahman Milad (2008), Poet Mujib Erom (2009), Poet Shamim Azad (2011), Poet Delwar Hussain Monju & Poet Dilu Naser (2012), poet Mashuk Iben Anish (2014)
- Lifetime Acheivement Award : Poet & Wirter Abdul Gaffar Choudhury (2008), Writer Abdul Matin (2009), Poet Kader Mahmud (2011), Poet Masud Ahmed, poet & writer Saleha Chowdhury (2014) & poet Stephen Watts (2015).
- Posthumous Award: Poet Kiswar Ibne Dilwar (2008), Baul Shah Abdul Karim (2009), Writer Sri Hiranmoy Bhattacharya (2011) & Poet Dr. Kudrothul Islam (2012), Writer, journalist & community activist Tasadduq Ahmed MBE (2014).
- The Personality Award: Poet Rafiq Azad & Poet Belal Choudhuri (2008), Poet Asad Chaudhury & Poet Habibullah Sirajee (2009), Poet Mohadeb Shah (2011), Poet Niramalendu Goon & Poet Masud Khan (2012), poet, writer and journalist Anisul Hoque (2015).
- Special Honorary Award: Poet, Syeld Al Faruk, Poet Nazmun Nessa Piari, Poet & Journalist Mustafiz Shafi (2008), Poet Maruf Raihan & Poet Obayed Akash (2012), Poet & writer Shoaib Gibran (2015).
EXECUTIVE BOARD OF SHANGHATI LITERARY SOCIETY Term year August 2015 August 2017
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EXECUTIVE BOARD OF SHANGHATI LITERARY SOCIETY Term year June 2013 to June 2015