Architecture inspired by Professor Muhammad Samad’s poetry in China
Chinese poet-cum-architects Lam-Kong Chuen and Cherry Tsang have prepared to cast Bangladeshi poetry into architectural design. This time they have selected poetry from noted poet Professor Muhammad Samad.
About his role in inspiring architectural designs through poetry the two painters in a joint statement have said that Muhammad Samad never repeats voice construction and never yields to the boundary of field, he formulates new concepts of space with a keen eye for humanity and profiles a passionate silhouette of a world citizen. The statement goes on like this: We are reminded by Samad that through poetry we experience empathy, a communion that can transverse centuries and continent, and thus we can feel less alone on the planet. Samad's poetry and architecture with poetic construction and natural poetic power mingle together in the present era of panoramic eyeshot, that has ushered in the need for construction of the third person in art who will be on his /her way to becoming the fourth person - and the unknown world of never- ending dimensions.
Poetry is another name for architecture. The poetic use of space is the soul of architecture. A poet can hold the knob to the building of pulse. The building is the tangible and real-life representation of poetry.
Samad is one of the most notable poets of the '70s. His insightful vision reflected through words has enriched our literature. Samad delves in romanticism and nature. Among his published books are "Selected Poems" (2008), "Premer Kobita" (2008), "Aaj Shoroter Akashey Purnima" (2005), "Cholo, Tumul Brishtitey Bhiji" (1996), "Aami Noi Indrajit Megher Araley," "Porabey Chandan Kath," and others.
The first collection of his verses, "Ekjon Rajnaitik Netar Manifesto," was published in 1983 and won the Tribhuj Literary Award. From 1997 to 2001, Samad has been the general secretary of National Poetry Council, Bangladesh. He has received several awards for his contribution to Bengali poetry and literature. He has received the Sukanto Sahitya Puroshkar (2001), Jibanananda Das Puroshkar (2000), Jasimuddin Sahitya Puroshkar (1999) and Tribhuj Sahitya Puroshkar (1983).
Samad was born in 1956 at Sharishabari in Jamalpur district. He started writing poetry in his school days. His writings foray into romanticism, nature and patriotism. His style is outspoken and bold.
The first Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival was held in 2007. The festival has been held biannually through the second week of August ever since. The festival includes poetry recitations, forums and concerts. Visiting poets of the festival are given a chance to tour the neighbouring Tibetan prefectures. Then these poets foreign to China are encouraged to write poetries longer than 50 lines. The poetry award the 'Golden Tibetan Antelope' is also delivered at the festival.