Poetic Sensations of A.K.Choudhary

Review  Paper by N. D. R. Chandra

Indian critics have   been anthologizing  a number of prominent poets from time to time that attracts the attention of the poetry lovers for the poetic perfection in Indian English poetry. Arbind Kumar Choudhary  is one of them who has been not only anthologized    but  also reviewed and interviewed globally. Here lies the list of these  anthologies---‘Four Contemporary Indian English Poets’(2014), ‘Five Indian English Poets’(2015), ‘Arbindonean  Iridescence in Indian English Poetry’ (2015),  ‘Arbindonean Luminosity in Indian English Poetry’ (2016), and ,lastly, ‘Time and Continuity’(Twelve Contemporary Indian English Poets,2016)  in  which his works  have been dissected by the contemporary  critics and the poets in detail.

                                         ‘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,