The 146th death anniversary of legendary Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt will be observed today.
On January 25 in 1824, Madhusudan Dutt was born to landlord Raj Narayan Dutt and Janhabi Devi at Sagardari village under Keshabpur upazila in Jashore district. Madhusudan died in Calcutta General Hospital on June 29, 1873 at the age of 49.
Madhusudan, who is called Mahakobi (epic poet) for his tragic epic ‘Meghnad Badh Kavya’, earned name and fame in the arena of literature for his extraordinary creative works.
He is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets in Bengali literature and introducer of Bengali sonnet. He pioneered what came to be called ‘Amitrakshar Chhanda’ (blank verse). His first attempt at blank verse was ‘Sharmistha’ in Bengali literature.
‘Always, o river, you peep in my mind/ Always I think you in this loneliness/ Always I soothe my ears with the murmur/ Of your waters in illusion, the way/ Men hear songs of illusion in a dream,’ are a few lines of his extraordinary creation ‘Kapatakkha Nad’ in which he showed his deep love towards his country and the river.
Apart from his outstanding talent in authoring poems, Madhusudan Dutt showed prodigious skills as a playwright as he was the first to write Bengali plays in the English style, dividing the play into acts and scenes.
He was also the pioneer of the first satirical plays in Bengali literature. ‘Buro Shaliker Ghare Ron’ and ‘Ekei Ki Boley Sabhyota’ are among his famous satirical plays.
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