Chirkut, a literary circle based in Jahangirnagar University

Saeed Ibrahim Rifat | Published: 00:00, Feb 02,2020 | Updated: 16:00, Feb 15,2020

Saeed Ibrahim Rifat, Chirkut, a literary circle from JU, Jahangirnagar University, little magazine

Members of Chirkut and guests pose for a photograph during a three-day long little magazine exhibition at Jahangirnagar University on January 30. — Chirkut

Chirkut is a literary platform of Jahangirnagar University which has started its journey in 2011. From the time, the platform is publishing literary tabloid magazines regularly. On January 30, Chirkut organised a three-day long little magazine exhibition at the campus. In the exhibition, Chirkut has collected all JU based literary magazines and exhibited them to the students. Saeed Ibrahim Rifat writes about the journey of Chirkut

Chirkut, the only literary organisation from Jahangirnagar University initially started its journey as a literary tabloid magazine in 2011. The first ever Chirkut was published on February 18, 2011. At the time, it was edited by Masum Munawar, Sudipta Shahadat, Abdul Quader Marzuk and Enamul Haque. On the 40th day of the 40th batch of the university, a place in front of Shaheed Rafiq Jabbar Hall, popularly referred as ‘Switzerland’, was where it all started.

Some of Jahangirnagar’s finest literary lovers regularly chatted about literature while sipping hot cup of tea. From there, they united to form an organisation. The decision was taken by a few young men on the spur of the moment and realised through the publication of the first issue. The second edition of Chirkut came in February, 2012. The name was ‘Ekushey February.’ This edition was particularly published under the patronage of poets like Khaled Hossain and Suman Sajjad.

Visitors explore Jahangirnagar University based little magazines in the exhibition organised by Chirkut. — Chirkut

Since the beginning, untiring hard work of a few literary lovers left mark on every page of Chirkut. Poetic thought, random chats, outstanding interest in literature, the seeds of numerous dreams in their minds are the driving force of ‘Chirkut’. It has been steadily gaining momentum from Chirkut’s continuous efforts to give literature significance in campus life. At present, there are 34 members, of them nine are executive members, and the rest are general members. Everyone here is somehow involved in literary writing or other forms of literary works.

— Chirkut

This year, Chirkut has organised a programme that provided new way of engaging with literature. They organised a three-day long programme that included exhibition, discussion forums which ended on January 31 with the declaration of a new executive council for the year 2019-20. In the exhibition, almost 80 magazines were displayed and shared for students to explore. In a discussion, titled as ‘Sompadoker Boyan’, Shoaib Jibran, Afsar Ahmed, Mahbub Morshed, Rayhan Rhyne  literary figures from the university were present. In the Ekushey Book Fair 2020, Chirkut will unveil all the issues it has published since 2011,

‘The reason the archive is so important is that it carries the very first work of the Jahangirnagar Literature Society. This will give an idea to the present generation of students about the past literary culture on campus and will help them grow as writer or literary person,’ said the founding member of Chirkut, Masum Munawar.

Saeed Ibrahim Rifat is the editing and publication secretary of Chirkut and a student of journalism and media studies department at Jahangirnagar University

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