Meet Founding Father of Phrasal Movement In Indian English Poetry, Arbind Kumar Choudhary

Prof Dr Shiv Sethi

 Arbind Kumar Choudhary  has  been  honored not only with the designation of  Universal Ambassador  of  Peace from Poetry but also the founding father of The Phrasal Movement in Indian English Poetry by the  creative  community in and outside India. The lyrical luminosity, cultural  culmination, cluster of the phrasal passages, blending of Indian and western mythology, innovative words, painterly painting, Indianized version of Arbindonean Sonnets and ,above all, the uses of various figures of speech are the poetic pearls of this poet Arbind Kumar Choudhary,  popularly called the Phrasal King in the history of contemporary Indian English poetry. His more than sixty published interviews in America, Malta, Romania, Albania and India, eleven poetry collections in English, two literary journals Kohinoor (ISSN 0973-6395) and  Ayush (ISSN 0974-8075),inclusion of his two poetry collections entitled Majuli:The Vatican City of Assam and Mother India for the Graduate and Postgraduate courses at Sivsagar University, Assam and the  ongoing  research  work—Aspects of  Love and Relationship  in the Selected Works of A.K. Choudhary  at  Pacific  University, Rajasthan   speak volumes  about  this  gigantic poetic personality. There are a group of his verse – suitors who  observe romantic features in general and Keats’  intensity of  picturisation in particular and call him  Indian  Keats in  English poetry. There  are  another  group of his verse – suitors who inhale Spenserian poetic pigments  across  his verses while many others  become  madonna  of his verses due to the cluster of the phrasal passages. The phrasal words that appear in plural number in his quatrains make a fertile literary ground for the honor of  the Phrasal King in English poetry in India .

Here are the excerpts of Arbind Kumar Choudhary’s interview with Prof Shiv Sethi

  1. S.S: What are the themes of your verses?

AKC: The ecological  disorder,  racial and sexual discrimination, humiliation, exploitation,  immorality, monetary mindedness, cultural and mythical preservation and ,above all, Indian sensibilities  are  at the core of my writings that leave behind a galaxy of the poets  to abide by this track of versification.

  1. S.S: What are the  burning issues that strike you worst?

 AKC: Ecological disorder, deforestation,  cruelty to animals and other mute animals, environmental pollution etc are the worst threats for all the living beings on this earth that haunt me worst  time and again.

  1. S.S: What is the distinctive poetic qualities of your verses?  Elaborate a bit.

AKC:  The Romantic ingredients-emotional eruption, description of Indian sensibilities, mythical meridian, imaginative approach, mood, love for nature and poetry and several others flourish along with the Augustan approach of satire, humor, irony, sarcasm  and many others from alpha and  omega of my verses.

                   The phrasal quatrains, phrasal couplets, new words, rhymed verses, mythical stanza, racy style of versification, and Indianized version of sonnets are the  most  distinctive poetic features  of my poems.

Q.S.S: Why do you prefer capital idea to style ? Explain .

AKC: Capital  idea  is  the  soul  and  style  is  the flesh  of  the  poetry . Capital   idea  is  primary , rest   is   secondary. Poetic  style  is  implied   as  per   the   temperament  and  taste  of  the  poet  to  reveal   himself   that  suits  him  most .

         Style  stirs  for  alluvial  and  changes  as  per  the  requirement  of  the  composition. But  capital  idea  needs  sensation   rather  than   permutation  for   the  florescence  of  the  creative   gardens .

QS.S: What are the worst tormenting things that haunt your inner psyche? How do you wish to relieve of it?

AKC: The groaning  humanity, emotional exploitation, materialistic monarchy, sexual harassment, growing immorality, ecological disorder, religious dogmas  and spiritual bankruptcy are the worst tormenting  things  that haunt  my  sensitive  soul  time and again. The cruelty with the mute animals and the birds, deforestation  and mockery with natural course of the rivers and other non-living objects add fuel to my haunted psyche.

No one can abolish the crux of the aforesaid problems in a night. Change is the continuous process of progress. It requires mental  upliftment,  sensational vision, optimistic thought, meditative  soul  and  witty mind. Poetry is my weapon through which I  try my best to breed messages  for  spiritual  whirlwind  for  Tom, Dick and  Harry  on  this  strife-stricken  earth.

Q.S.S: There are a number of Indian poets who explore romantic pigments in   your verses  and call you Indian Keats ? How do you react on this issue?

AKC: The poets are at liberty to  pass their  comments on the basis of their observations. I am pleased to know that  they  have  spared  their  precious  comments on  my poems  that  captivate their attention  with might and main.

                      Romantic ingredients are scattered from alpha and omega of my verses that woo a galaxy of the poets to call me a poet of romantic tradition in Indian English poetry.

                The romantic features of Keats– intensity of sensuousness, pictorial painting, mythical meridian, love of rural cape, natural  iridescence, lyrical luminosity, composition of ballads, imaginative vision, melancholy and sonnets and several other poetic features captivate the heart of the poets who in return call me Indian Keats  in Indian English poetry.

Q.S.S: The poets call  you  the Phrasal King in Indian English poetry? What are the phrasal qualities of your poems?

 AKC:  The poets can find the cluster of the phrasal words in one  poem after another wreathed artistically just like the flowers of the garland. The essence of the phrasal passages drenches the verse-suitors to its utmost degrees. The phrasal fragrance of majority of my verses persuades a number of the verse-suitors to honor with the literary crown of  The Phrasal King in the popular psyche of the creative milieu  in and outside India.

Q.S.S: How  do   you   see   the  role of the poet in the society ? How  much  they  mould  the  society  ?

AKC:  The  poets  are   the    universal    beings   who  have been found   ever   dedicated   for   the literary prosperity of  Tom , Dick  and   Harry   amidst   the   materialistic    tempests blowing  all around the corner. The   poetic   life  is  committed to show them the new dream, new vision, and     new   inspiration  for  better  future  in  the  womb  of  time.

         If they fail to  mould   the   society, to   replace   the   outdated   notions     and , above   all, to  plant   the   new   germs   of   creation,  they  can   never   be   called  poets.

Q.S.S: How does the Indianised version of sonnets vary with other trio model of Sonnets ?Make a difference if any?

AKC: Indianised  version  of  sonnets  is the  part and parcel of  Indian English poetry. The cultural, mythical, ethical  and  philosophical  aspects  of  Indian  society flourish from one sonnet to another that exhume  its fragrance  far and wide. The English sonnet exhumes British essence to its utmost degrees. The dominance of Indian sensibility has persuaded the Indian critics to call it Indianised  version of sonnets rather than other sonnets in English poetry. Indianised  version of sonnets is the innovative poetic feature of Indian English poetry.

So far the style, rhyme – scheme and capital idea  are  concerned, Indianised version of sonnets vary with trio model of sonnets. It consists seven couplets  and  sometimes three quatrains and one couplet. The style of versification varies from time to time. Its rhyme pattern too is variable just like the running water of the river. Indianised  version of sonnets is ever fresh  for those who wish to inhale a draught of Indian sensibility ?

  1. S.S: What is the future of poetry in the age of science, information and technology ? Are you still optimistic about the   progress of the poetic world ?

AKC: Science, information and  technology  is the second form  of  the poetic dream world. Poetry is the voice of the soul while  science   is the product of the mind. Only scientific progress will put the generation in the web of immorality, corruption, discrimination and cruelty. I am optimistic that literature  will  flourish  along  with science  and  its inventions   for  the  restoration  of  the  ecological  order  and spiritual order on  this  earth .

  1. S.S:  Poets   have  remained always in the wilderness. Even the publishers neglect them for want of proper charges. How do you see in this context?

AKC: It  is the duty   of   the   government   to   provide   congenial   atmosphere   to  flourish for the   quality  of the    peeping  poets. The  publishers   are  least  bothered to  publish poetic works   because   they   are  committed  to  earn money and   nothing    else. How  many   scholars  go through  the  poetry  books  in our   society? However   the    poets    are   flourishing   continently  and   will   flourish   in  the  womb  of  time. The  cloud  cannot   prohibit  the  sun  from  the  rising  across  the  literary  horizon.

Q.S.S: Throw light on your forthcoming poetry collection if any.

A.K.C: My forthcoming poetry collection entitled  The Forgotten Champion is likely to come to light within a short span of time. Veer Lachit Borphukan who has given a befitting reply to the Mughal sultan seventeen times in the same way Prithvi Raj Chauhan has done long ago has been highlighted comprehensively without fear or favour? Indian historians have already forgotten this champion of the champions from the history. Another three manuscripts are ready knock the door of the publisher.


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