Rudrasankar is a contemporary Bengali poet of the young generation. His poems have been published in several leading literary magazines and Bengali poetry collections in India, Bangladesh and other parts of the World. According to critics he is the first recognized atheist Bengali poet. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA. Rudrasankar’s poetry is a sophisticated combination of self-reflections of everyday life. Some of his lyrical poems has been converted into songs by popular singers. Elocutionists from West Bengal and Bangladesh often recite his poems. Rudrasankar was involved in editing the poem section of ‘Prothom Alo’ published in North America. Rudrasankar has published six poetry books and 2016 he received Bhasanagar award from Kolkata, India. He recently was an invited poet in North America Bengali Conference (NABC 2017).
1. Could you please tell all about your parents, place of birth and childhood? What did you like most in your childhood? What were your childhood fantasies and unforgettable incidents?
I was born in an economically lower middle class family in Bandel, Hooghly. I spent most of my childhood in rural area of Bandel. My father was a government employee and my mother was a happy housewife. Within their limitations they took good care of me and made sure that some of my needs are looked into and fulfilled.
The thing that fascinates me the most about my childhood days is the time I spent in play ground with classmates. As a child I always dreamed of playing cricket. I thought I could make myself as a good cricketer, I was so ambitious. However, at that time my socioeconomic environment did not support me to pursue my career as a cricketer. The memories still linger on in my mind, although many other fascinating memories also persist.
2. When did you start writing poetry? Do you remember the first time you wrote something? What was the source of your inspiration earlier? Did it change with the time?
I started writing poetry when I was in middle school around 8th grade. My early poems were published in little magazines like ‘Archi’ and ‘Sanket’ before I passed the secondary examination. Reading poems of Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Islam was the early source of my inspiration to write poems, however, it gradually changing over time as I began exploring the world.
3.Which poets have inspired you? Do you feel yourself ever influenced by the writing style of a poet?
Many poets all over the world have inspired me. Actually, it is a long list including Rabindranath Tagore, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, William Butler Yeats, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Jibanananda Das, T. S. Eliot, Binoy Majumdar, Harold Pinter, Pablo Neruda, Abul Hasan, Shakti Chattopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, Bhaskar Chakraborty, Joy Goswami, Subodh Sarkar, etc. The writing styles of some of these poets also had great impact on my early writings.
4.Being a contemporary Bengali poet you led a career as a scientist, and your poetry is known for its sharpness, wit, and image as well as your search for love in this mechanical world. So how do you think your Science background influences your writing?
My scientific activity and my poetry writing both influence each other. Through both of these activities I am trying to understand the truth in my own way.
5. Now tell me about your writing and books you have published.
I have published poetries in several leading literary magazines and poetry collections in India, Bangladesh, USA and UK.
Jodi Amai Bodle Felo (Poetry collection, Publisher: Patrabharati, Kolkata, India)
Premer Kobita (Poetry collection, Publisher: Shuddhashar, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Holud Patar Pyramid (Poetry collection, Publisher: Shuddhashar, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Mathar Bhugole Kalponik (Poetry collection, Publisher: Prativash, Kolkata, India)
Ami Youban Prethibi (Poetry collection, Publisher: Ashok Library, Kolkata, India)
Nirbachito Charra (Rhyme collection, Publisher: Ashok Library, Kolkata, India)
6. Would like to know about the album of Bengali Modern songs based on your poems ?
There are five published albums on recitation and song based on my poems by various artists.
Achena Haate (Songs from Rudrasankar’s poetries, Golden Voice, Kolkata, India)
Facebook (Recitation from Rudrasankar’s poetries, Sagarika, Kolkata, India)
Triteo Borsha (Songs and recitation from Rudrasankar’s poetries, Laser Vision, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Anubartan (Songs from Rudrasankar’s poetries, Dingo, Kolkata, India)
*Bangla Bhasa Dio (Single music video from Rudrasankar’s poetry, online published by Asha Audio, Kolkata, India)
7. One poet more people should know: Who is it?
8.If you could pass along only one piece of advice for other poets, what would it be?
Being a poet, it is very difficult to give advice to other poets because everyone else is different from me. For me, I am always trying to realize the life in world and therefore trying to write something that the world hasn’t seen before.
Here are few YouTube links for songs based on my poetries by Rupankar, Jayati, Pratik etc.