The 120th birth anniversary of Bengali poet Jibanananda Das will be observed today.
Different organisations have chalked out special programmes marking the day.
Barishal-based cultural organisation Uttoron Sangskritik Sangathan has organised a three-day long Poet Jibanananda Festival on Brojomohun College campus in Barishal city. The festival was inaugurated on Saturday.
Born on February 17, 1899 in Barisal, Jibanananda belonged to the group of poets who tried to shake off Rabindranath Tagore’s poetic influence.
He started writing poems at an early age while he was still a student. His poem titled ‘Barsa Abahan’ was published in the Brahmabadi in April 1919. Many of his poems were published in various magazines.
Though he did not achieve much popularity in his lifetime, but nowadays critics consider him as the greatest poet of post-Tagore era. Jibanananda’s unique talent was realised after his death with the discovery of many of his manuscripts.
Jibanananda’s poems of rural Bengal played an important role in the political and cultural perspective of Bangladesh. 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) and others.
Many of his novels were published posthumously including Malyaban (1972), Sutirtha (1977), Jalpaihati, Jibanpranali, Basmatir Upakhyan and others. He wrote about two hundred stories.
Banalata Sen received an award (1953) at the Nikhil Banga Rabindra Sahitya Sammelan. Jibanananda Dasher Shrestha Kavita won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1954.
The poet died in a tram accident in Kolkata on October 22, 1954.
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