Today is the 92nd birth anniversary of poet Sukanta Bhattacharya.
Born on 15 August 1925 at Kalighat in Calcutta, Sukanta was the second of seven sons of Nibaran Chandra Bhattacharya and Suniti Devi. His family was originally from the village of Kotalipara in Faridpur of modern-day Bangladesh. He joined Communist Party of India in 1944 and was a close friend of the poet Shubhas Mukhopadhyay.
Socialist thoughts, patriotism and humanism, as well as romanticism have been characterised in Sukanta’s poems.
The poet Sukanta Bhattacharya lived for a mere 21 years but he enriched Bangla literature with his timeless creations.
During his lifetime, his poems were not widely circulated, but after his death his reputation grew to the extent that he became one of the most popular Bengali poets of the 20th century.
He is credited with six books—Chharpotro (1948), Ghum Nei (1950), Purbabhas (1950) Abhijan (1953), Mithe-Kadha (1951) and Giti Guccha (1965).
His poems Atharo Bocchor Boyosh, Agami, Chharpotro, Ghum Bhangar Gaan, Krishoker Gaan, and many others are considered as classics of Bangla literature and are still very popular among poetry lovers of the country.
He died of tuberculosis at the Jadavpur T. B. Hospital in 1947.
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