KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – “Silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist,” says Pope Benedict XVI in his message on 46th World Communications day to be celebrated on Ascension Sunday 20 May.
The WCD theme “Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization,” Pope Benedict explains, “concerns the relationship between silence and word: two aspects of communication which need to be kept in balance, to alternate and to be integrated with one another if authentic dialogue and deep closeness between people are to be achieved.”
In this context, the launch of a book on poetry entitled; The Empty Bowl, in the Auxilium Parish Auditorium Kolkata on Saturday, 12 May was auspicious.
The 87-page book contains a collection of 50 poems written by Mr Subhamoy Mazumdar of Berhampore (Murshidabad) over a period of seven years. While the longest poem entitled Remember ? (p.27) runs to three pages, the shortest one is just four lines!
The poem “Remember” won third prize at the International Open Poetry Competition held in 2006 from the International Library of Poetry (USA). Winner of the “Editor’s Choice Award”, Subhamoy was invited to 21st Annual International Society of Poet’s Convention and Symposium, Las Vegas USA.
Of the three four line poems in this collection one poem reads: In silence I sit, My thoughts long gone, What honey flows, From hives unknown… (p.65).
The book which opens with three brief introductory chapters is divided into three parts, namely” Windblown Incense, containing 13 poems recording author’s early thoughts of an aimless wanderer.
The lamp is lit, collection in the second part of the book containing 19 poems is about the author waking up to life.
In the third part entitled And the bowl sings… the poet records the “unmistakable sense of joy and freedom upon finding my way back home.”
“It records that period of my spiritual odyssey, where I found words to express what flowed through my consciousness during this time, as I had slowly moved inwards,” reveals the author divulging the key to read his poetry.
The two hour programme for a select group of about 100 people who came from Berhampore and Kolkata included poet’s relations and well wishers including the Mary Immaculate School Alumni Association members who managed the event and its technicalities starting from fixing the venue, designing and dispatching invitations, as wells as arranging and decorating the venue.
The highlights of the programme included messages from Salesian Fr K.K. Sebastian, former parish priest of Berhampore and current parish priest of Auxilium Kolkata.
Sr Cicily SMI, the first principal of Mary Immaculate School marking its golden jubilee this year (1972- 2012) congratulated the alumni (men and women) in making forays in the world of literature and poetry.
The event was followed by ANURANAN (Resonance) a medley of poetry recitation interspersed with appropriate Tagore songs. While Mr Mazumdar red the poems written in English, a young Rabindrasangeeth artist Mr. Sandipan Banerjee rendered appropriate songs from Tagore interspersing the poetry.
The event manager and master of ceremonies Mr Sudipta Kundu, a coordinator of the Art of Living, introduced a brief guided meditation to still the body and clear the mind of participants from all its fetters so that all could enter serenely and tension free into the world of poetry and music.
While signing the newly purchased book, the author assured saying “the proceeds from the book sale will go to the Missionaries of Charity works.” Copies of the book priced at Rs. 165 are available from OXFORD book shop on Park Street.