Jibanananda Das’s death anniv today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 22,2019 | Updated: 17:33, Oct 22,2019


Jibanananda Das

Renowned Bengali poet Jibanananda Das’ 65th death anniversary will be observed today.

Different Barishal-based cultural and literary organisations will pay tribute to the poet placing floral wreaths on his mural at Jibanananda Auditorium in Barishal city in the morning.

Besides, literary organisation Adda-Dhanshiri will organise a day-long programme on the poet at Abdul Khalek Auditorium of Barishal city on October 26.

Jibanananda Das was born on February 17, 1899 in Barishal. His father Satyananda Das was a school teacher and founder editor of the Brahmabadi. His mother Kusumkumari Das was a poet and wrote a famous poem titled ‘Adorsho Chhele’.

Jibanananda started writing poems at an early age. His poems, portraying rural Bengal, 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 talent was mostly acknowledged after his death with the discovery of many of his manuscripts.

Many of his novels were published posthumously including Malyaban (1972), Sutirtha (1977), Jalpaihati, Jibanpranali, Basmatir Upakhyan and others. He wrote about two hundred stories. A collection of his short stories is Jibanananda Dasher Galpa (1972).

His volumes of poetry include Jhara Palak (1927), Dhusar Pandulipi (1936), Banalata Sen (1942), Mahaprithibi (1944), Satti Tarar Timir (1948), Rupasi Bangla (written in 1934, published in 1957), Bela Abela Kalbela (1961).

Jibanananda got hit by a tram while crossing the road in Kolkata on 14 October 1954. He died from his injuries after few days on October 22, 1954.

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