Aligarh : Dr Taher H Pathan, In-charge, Marathi Section, Department of Modern Indian Languages, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) remarked that Vasant Bapat wove magic with words in his exquisite poetry.
He was delivering an online lecture on ‘Literary contribution of Vasant Bapat’ to mark the 100th birth anniversary celebrations of the legendary Marathi poet and towering personality of Marathi literature in the national conference of Shri Shivaji Arts and Commerce College, Amravati, Bharatiya College Amravati and Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan, Divisional center Amravati.
“Vasant Bapat travelled all over Maharashtra and later across India, doing stage shows with his poetry, something that was unique at the time”, said Dr Taher H Pathan
He pointed out: “In the arc of his life, Vasant Bapat published over 30 collections of his poems. He wrote conventional, light-hearted treatises on love and beauty to poems on freedom movement and the thematic interconnectedness he felt was fundamental in both life and poetry. Bijalee (1952), Akaravi Disha (1962), Sakina (1972), Manasi (1977), Shatataraka, Shinga Phunkale Rani, Shoor Mardacha Powada, Tejasi, Rajasi, Prawasachya Kawita and Setu are some of his impressively powerful and intense poetry collections”.
“Marathi poets know Vasant as a strong poet in the post-independence period. Before independence, he created awareness among the youth about the freedom movement. He wrote revolutionary songs and introduced a new art form called ‘RashtriyaTamasha”, said Dr Taher.
He also spoke on the Vasant’s contributions as a renowned teacher of literature, critic, progressive prose writer and eloquent speaker who left an indelible impression on Marathi populace.