Review Paper by N. D. R. Chandra
‘Four Contemporary Indian English Poets’(2014) that is published by Bridge Center, Romania consists- Arbind Kumar Choudhary, Mahashweta Chaturvedi, Biplab Majumdar and M.S.V. Ramaiah exhumes Indian poetic fragrance for its nectar for Tom, Dick and Harry all around the corner. All of them have been widely viewed, reviewed and interviewed by several literary personalities of the world. There are some identical poetic features - all of them edit literary journals, promote the poets for literary sensations, versify rhymes and participate in poets’ conferences from time to time. Prof.DTK Dutta inhales the Keatsean essence of his verses in his scholarly paper entitled ‘ Keatsean Flavour in A.K Choudhary’s Poems’s while Dr. Mahashweta Chaturvedi, Dr. Biplab Majumdar and Prof. R.A. Singh explore the ingredients of his racy style of versification, Indianised version of Arbindonean Sonnets and proverbial passages all through their striking research papers with might and main. His conversation with the poet Mahendra Bhatnagar deserves special attention for all those who wish to have a glimpse of Indian English poetry in general and his verses in particular . Prof. SC Dwivedi explores the phrasal fragrance of his verses that runs wild without interruptions while Prof. NDR Chandra dissects his verses just like an expert surgeon and brings to light the poetic ingredients in his sensational paper entitled ‘Arbindonean Whirlwind in Indian English Poetry’.
The next anthology entitled ‘Five Indian English Poets’(2015) edited by Prof.R.A.Singh and Dr.Ashok K.Yadav incorporates these five big literary stalwarts-- Stephen Gill, A.K.Choudhary,D.C.Chambial,S.C.Dwivedi and B.K.Dubey known worldwide for their poetic credits. Stephen Gill, Poet Laureate of Ansted, is a well- known English poet of Indian origin who propagates the universal message of peace , brotherhood and understanding amidst the common masses irrespective of the race , religion and region they belong to. Arbind Kumar Choudhary is really a champion of the champions so far versification in Indian English poetry is concerned. B.M.Jackson comments on his trio poetry collections – ‘Nature’, ‘Love’ and ‘The Poet’ and finds his racy style of versification of high water mark and Maltese poet Patrick.J.Sammut becomes madonna of his poetic corona. Prof.SCDwivedi explores his style of versification and calls it Arbindonean racy style in Indian English poetry. Prof.NDR Chandra’s precious comments on his poetic passage makes him a great Indian English poet while Prof.Mahashweta Chaturvedi paints a painterly picture of his poetic color that enriches Indian English poetry to its apex. His innovative interview with poet D.C.Chambial exhumes his poetic scents worldwide. All these critics have explored Indianised model of sonnets and racy style of versification throughout his poetic works that approves his designation as an explorer rather than an Indian English poet. Prof.T.V.Reddy explores technical virtuosity of his works and justifies his poetic iridescence to a great extent. He is really a literary heavyweight who has been reviewed and interviewed in Malta, Romania, Albania and India with great poetic fervour. Prof.SCDwivedi calls his innovative racy style of versification Arbindonean racy style of versification in Indian English poetry. Prof.NDRChandra explores his poetic iridescence at the grass root level. Prof. Mahashweta Chaturvedi becomes the suitor of this rhetor while Prof.TVReddy searches technical virtuosity across his poetry books. Bernard M. Jackson elicits the poetic iridescence of ‘Nature’, ‘Love’ and ‘The Poet’ while Austrian poet Kurt. F. Svatek brings to light the significance of his poetic style that is of high water mark in Indian English poetry. Patrick. J. Sammut, an editor of Versi, Malta, assesses critically his four poetry books - ‘My Songs’, ‘Nature’, ‘Love’ and ‘The Poet’ and possesses ardent passion for his poetic passage. Arbindonean sonnets and Arbindonean racy style of versification are the striking poetic tools of this poet that will run wild in the womb of Indian English poetry without dispute. Several critics find qualities of the great English poets in his works and calls him one of the leading literary luminaries of the post independence Indian English poetry. Prof.NDRChandra explores his dazzling poetic ingredients through his scholarly paper ‘The Poetic Incense of A.K.Choudhary’ and calls his poetry book ‘Love’ an epical work on the theme of love. Prof.SCDwivedi who is also included in this anthology becomes the ardent suitor of his poetic iridescence in general and this racy style of versification in particular that leaves a great impact on the poetry lovers of this age. The other literary stalwarts of this anthology consist D.C.Chambial, Prof.SCDwivedi and B.K.Dubey who have been enriching Indian English poetry with might and main.
Bernard M. Jackson, Kurt F Svatek and Patrick . J. Sammut are the foreign contributors who have dissected his verses and elicited the intensity of his painting to its utmost degrees. Bernard M. Jackson appreciates his extensive knowledge of vocabulary and calls it a virtual treasure of vibrant quatrains while Kurt. F. Svatek opines that his way of writing is clear and powerful written in a high linguistic level. He highlights his way of presentation , poetic style, spiritual message, and , above all, pictorial painting in his striking paper entitled ‘Glimpse of A.K.Choudhary’s Poems’ while Patrick. J. Sammut, Vice-president of Maltese Poets Association, Malta, goes from alpha and omega of his ‘My Songs ‘, ‘Love’ and ‘The Poet’ and comments in such a way , “one can take hours speculating and ruminating on Choudhary’s quatrains’ . He appreciates his verse collections in general and the mythological words, compound words, Indian words and phrasal words in particular that strike the verses-suitors most. Prof. T.V Reddy searches technical virtuosity across his verses while his conversational dialogue with the poet D.C. Chambial brings to light many a hidden poetic aspect of his verses for the poetic fragrance all around the corner.
‘Arbindonean Iridescence in Indian English Poetry’ (2015)that consist 22 striking research papers of the established critics and the reputed professors brings to light the poetic multiplicity of the poet in detail. Prof. SC Dwivedi becomes the madonna of his poetic beauty in his scholarly paper entitled ‘Poetic Beauty of A.K Choudhary’ while Prof. Mahendra Bhatnagar compares him with Thomas Gray in his scholarly paper entitled ‘ Poetic Vision of Thomas Gray and A.K. Choudhary : A Glimpse’. Dr. Sanjay Choudhary comparses and contrasts him with D.C. Chambial while Dr. Ashutosh Kumar explores human values across his verses. Dr. Ashok Kumar Yadav and Dr. Alka Agrawal elicit the poetic ingredients of his verses while Prof. S.R. Rai, poet M.S. V. Ramaiah and poet C.R.Roy become the ardent suitors of the Indianised version of Arbindonean Sonnets in their scholarly papers entitled ‘Poetic Pigments of Arbindonean Sonnets’, ‘Inflorescence of Arbindonean Sonnets’ and ‘ Features of Arbindonean Sonnets’ respectively and observe Indianness throughout his sonnets. Indianised version of Sonnets vary with the trio model of sonnets --Shakespearean, Spenserian and Petrarchan so far its capital idea and style of versification of his sonnets in Indian English poetry is concerned. Dr. Biplab Majumdar dissects his verses and comments on his style of versification – phrasal quatrains, phrasal couplets , proverbial passages, mythical blending, uses of various figures of speech, innovative and new words and , lastly , an innovative style of versification that consists the ascending word order in the stanza. Prof. DTK Dutta appreciates his romantic ingredients in his scholarly paper entitled ‘Arbindonean Clarion in Indian English Poetry’ while his conversational dialogue with Dr. A.K. Yadav brings to light his concept on a number of subjects. Prof.NDR Chandra explores romantic features in general and Keatsean sensation in particular in his scholarly paper entitled ‘Keatsean Sensations of A.K. Choudhary.’The striking phrasal passages that flourish from one stanza to another contains phrasal words in plural numbers and strikes the contemporary poets for the Phrasal Movement in English poetry in India. Even his Indianised version of sonnets seems phrasal due to the abundance of the phrasal words in the quatrains and the couplets. These are some other specific qualities of his verses- mythical amalgamation, love for nature, lyrical luminosity, emotional eruption, uses of various figures of speech, cultural heraldry and lyrical luminosity that prepares a fertile literary passage for a number of literary crowns for the sake of this versifier amidst the creative writers in and outside India.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Yadav, the editor of 16 critical papers in the anthology entitled ‘Arbindonean Luminosity in Indian English Poetry’ (2016) has explored many a dark poetic aspect of the verses of the poet Arbind Kumar Choudhary in all his conscience. There are a number of celebrated critics who have explored not only the poetic ingredients but also awarded him with a number of literary crowns in the popular psyche of the creative milieu in India and abroad. Dr. Ashok Kumar Yadav, a joint editor of ‘Five Indian English Poets’ (2015), ‘Arbindonean Iridescence in Indian English Poetry’ (2015) and ‘Arbindonean Luminousity in Indian English Poetry’ (2016) published by Paradise Publishers, Jaipur, has included 16 innvovative research papers of the prominent poets, eminent editors and celebrated critics and an interview with Dr. Ved Miltra Shukla of Rajdhani College, New Delhi to highlight the poetic pigments of Indian English poetry in general and Arbind Kumar Choudhary’s poems in particular amidst the materialistic winds blowing across the continent. Prof. NDR Chandra, Prof R.A. Singh, Prof. S.C. Dwivedi, Prof. S.R. Rai and several poets and critics have gone through his nine poetry books and collected materials in their scholarly research papers in detail. Prof. Mahendra Bhatnagar explores the symptoms of Arbindonean School of Poetry and highlights the phrasal fragrance, mythical magnificence, proverbial preference, romantic essence and Spenserian poetic fragrance of his verses to enrich the poetic beauty of English poetry in general and the Indian English verse in particular. The cluster of the phrasal passages that contains the phrasal words in plural numbers justifies the literary crown of the Phrasal King in the domain of English poetry in India. The emotional eruption, cultural culmination, mythical heraldry , lyrical luminosity, artistic passages , rhymed verses, uses of various figures of speech, romantic flavor, phrasal fragrance, satiric tone, beauty and love for all natural objects, preference of life of strife, melodious songs and several other creative poetic features that flourish from alpha and omega of his verses make him a poet of romantic tradition in Indian English literature. Prof.NDR Chandra detects romantic essence in general and Keats’ poetic fragrance in particular across his verses and resembles between the two and ,lastly, honors him with the crown of Indian Keats in the firmament of Indian English poetry.
‘Time and Continuity’ (2016) that is edited by PCK Prem and published by Authors Press, New Delhi, consists 12 contemporary India English poets –1.Arbind Kumar Choudhary, 2. D.C. Chambial, 3.H.S. Bhatia, 4. K.V. Raghupathi, 5.O.P. Arora 6. Manas Bakshi, 7. P.Gopichand 8. R.K. Bhushan , 9. P. Nagasuseeela , 10. P. Raja, 11.Pasupati Jha and 12.T.V. Reddy with their short notes and some poems. Out of these twelve Indian English poets Arbind Kumar Choudhary is one of them about whom PCK Prem, the editor, calls one of the vibrant poets of the contemporary creative milieu. The editor further adds that the intensity of his painting, witty dialogue, poetic philosophy, imaginative vision , creative approach and the romantic passion have made him the darling of the poetic community as a whole. PCK Prem’s inclusion in ‘Twelve Contemporary Indian English Poets’ speaks volumes about the magnetic poetic personality of the poet to its utmost degrees. He is really a poet of great repute without dispute.
Going through all the aforesaid critical anthologies one can observe that the poet has not only earned a number of his verse-suitors in a short span of his poetic career but also has been awarded with a number of literary crowns in the popular psyche of the creative community in and outside India. The cluster of the phrasal passages , abundance of the proverbial stanzas, blending , between Indian, Greek and Roman mythical messiahs , Indianised version of sonnets, racy style of versification and Keatsean essence are the prime poetic features of his verses that glitter like butter for Tom, Dick and Harry in general and the verses-suitors in particular. He is really a poet of creative nature who has enriched the innovative poetic passages to its climax that is better than ever for the existing generation and the generations next to come. Indianness is the capital idea that speaks volumes about the philosophical fragrance his verses exhume. At length, I observe that Arbind Kumar Choudhary’s creation of Indianised version of Arbindonean Sonnets, romance with various forms of versifications, phrasal fragrance, mythical blending between Indian, Greek and Roman mythical messiahs, racy style of versifications, cluster of the proverbial passages, Keats’ romantic passion, uses of various figures of speech and various other striking poetic qualities that are of high water mark in Indian English poetry make him a poet of great repute without dispute for Tom, Dick and Harry in general and the verse-suitors in particular inspite of the materialistic monarchy prevailing all around the corner.
Prof N.D.R. Chandra,Vice-Chancellor,
Bastar University, Chhatishgarh,