Abul Boshor Ansari

Abul Boshor Ansari, a poet and a leading activist of the Bangladesh liberation movement, was born in 1927, during the British Rule in Sunamganj, Sylhet. He was originally meant to come to Britain in 1946 with a group of seventeen other men from Sylhet. As he arrived in Calcutta to board the ship to Britain, he received news of his mother’s illness and changed his mind. With his mothers’ permission, he migrated to Britain 23 years later in 1969. Upon arriving he opened a curry house – Eastern Curry Centre in 119 Hammersmith road. On 16 December 1971, the foreign officials of Bangladesh gathered together at this restaurant to celebrate the victory of Bangladesh.  Mr Ansari started writing poems at age fourteen. His inspiration came from his family and Islamic upbringing which encouraged his social and political consciousness.  In his younger years, his poems were published in several national newspapers in East Bengal, such as Al Islam Potrika. To date, 8 anthologies of his poetry has been published.

  • Listen: Mr Ansari talking about his journey to Britain
  • Listen: Mr Ansari talking about writing his first poem 'Dur holo Timir (Darkness is over) at age 14 after fajr prayer (Dawn prayer) in front his school/mosque yard
  • Listen: Mr Ansari reciting 'Shob Manush Shoman' (All humans are equal)
  • Listen: Mr Ansari singing a song about his lost poems