A two-day Jibanananda Fair ended in Barishal city on Tuesday.
The programme was organised marking 64th anniversary of death of renowned Bengali poet Jibanananda Das, who died in a tram accident in Kolkata on October 22, 1954.
Different organisations held commemorative programmes marking the day in Barishal.
Divisional commissioner of Barishal Ram Chandra Das inaugurated the fair at Aswini Kumar Hall at 11:00 am on Monday.
The two-day fair, organised by Jatiya Kabita Parishad Barishal, featured discussions, cultural shows and felicitation ceremony.
A literary discussion and recitation programme, titled ‘Kabi Adda’, was held at Jibanananda Das Auditorium and Library at the parental home of the poet on Kabi Jibanananda Das road in the city after the inauguration ceremony.
In the evening a discussion and cultural show was held at Aswini Kumar Hall.
Three Indian poets namely Ullas Chattopadhyay, Moloy Mukhapadhyay and Nurul Islam participated in the programme where local poets paid tribute to Jibanananda Das reciting self-penned poems.
On Tuesday, Jatiya Kabita Parishad Barishal organised a felicitation ceremony at Aswini Kumar Hall where the organisers honoured vice chancellor of Rabindra University professor Bishwajit Ghosh, poet Arup Talukdar and poet Hasan Hafiz.
Jibanananda Das was born on February 17, 1899 in Barishal.
During the latter half of the twentieth century, Jibanananda emerged as the most popular poet of modern Bengali literature for his unique style of depicting nature, realities of the urban and rustic life.
Jibanananda belonged to the group of poets who tried to shake off Rabindranath Tagore’s poetic influence.
Though he did not achieve much popularity in his lifetime, Jibanananda’s unique talent was realised after his death with the discovery of many of his manuscripts.
His poems inspired a pride in Bengali nationhood, especially in the 1960s and during the war of liberation in 1971.
Though principally a poet, Jibanananda also wrote essays, short stories, and novels.
His volumes of poetry include Jhara Palak (Fallen Feathers, 1927), Dhusar Pandulipi (Gray Manuscript, 1936), Banalata Sen (1942), Mahaprthibi (Great Universe, 1944), Satti Tarar Timir (1948), Rupasi Bangla (Beautiful Bengal, written in 1934, published in 1957), Bela Abela Kalbela (1961).
Many of his novels were published posthumously including Malyaban (1972), Sutirtha (1977), Jalpaihati, Jibanpranali, Basmatir Upakhyan and others.
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