Today is the 94th birth anniversary of poet Sukanta Bhattacharya, who is known for his peoms celebrating socialist thoughts, patriotism and humanism.
Sukanta was born on August 15, 1925, at Kalighat in Calcutta to Nibaran Chandra Bhattacharya and Suniti Devi and was the second of the seven sons of his parents.
His family was originally from the village of Kotalipara in Faridpur of modern-day Bangladesh.
He joined the Communist Party of India in 1944 and was a close friend of poet Shubhas Mukhopadhyay.
Though Sukanta lived for mere 21 years, he enriched Bangla literature with his timeless creations.
During his lifetime, his poems were not widely circulated, but after his death his reputation grew rapidly and he became one of the most popular Bengali poets of the 20th century.
His poems Atharo Bocchor Boyosh, Agami, Chharpotro, Ghum Bhangar Gaan, Krishoker Gaan, and many others, considered as classics of Bangla literature, are still very popular among poetry lovers of the country.
He also penned six books namely Chharpotro (1948), Ghum Nei (1950), Purbabhas (1950) Abhijan (1953), Mithe-Kadha (1951) and Giti Guccha (1965).
Sukanta Bhattacharya died of tuberculosis at the Jadavpur T. B. Hospital in 1947.
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