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PHIRIBAR POTH NAI (NO WAY OUT!)
Sun Jun 30, 8:00 PM
SHUDRKA HYDERABAD
Our play “Phiribar Poth Nai” (No Way Out!) is a work less concerned with recounting the episodes of Jibanananda Das' life than with contextualizing an oeuvre that grew more opaque over time. We link Jibanananda's evolution from a poet of wonderment and celebrant of the Bengali landscape to a weaver of conundrums with the tensions of the Second World War, followed by the struggle for independence and the partition of Bengal. We connect and contrast poems of like titles written at different times or for different publications, and elucidate stylistic and lexical idiosyncrasies by cross-referencing extensively Jibanananda's verse with his fiction, essays, and correspondence, and the comments they evoked from critics and associates. Shudrka Hyderabad believes that Jibanananda deserves more critical acclaim as a truly modern poet than even Tagore and hence pays tribute to him on his 125th birth year.