The 172nd birthday of Mir Mosharraf Hossain, author of the novel ‘Bishad Sindhu’, the leader of the Muslim genre of Bengali literature, is being observed on Wednesday.
He was born on November 13 in 1847 at Matulaloy village of Lahinipara in Kumarakhali upazila of Kushtia.Bangla Academy takes a day-long programme to observe the day at Mir Mosharraf Hossain Memorial Center in Baliakandi upazila of Rajbari.
Kushtia District Administration and Kushtia Municipality organised separate programmes at the homestead of the writer in Lahinipara, four kms from Kushtia town.
The event included a discussion, play and a fair.
The first prominent and popular author of Bengali Muslim society wrote 37 books of stories, novels, plays, poems, autobiographies, essays and religions. Among his works are — ‘Bishad Sindhu’, ‘Zamindar Darpan’, ‘Ratnabati’, ‘Gauri Bridge’, ‘Boshonto Kumari’, ‘Sangit Lahari’, ‘Udasin Pothiker Moner Kotha’, ‘Madinar Gourab’, ‘Go-Jibon’, ‘Behula Gitavinoy’, ‘Gazi Miyar Bostani’, ‘Brihot Hirok Khani’ etc.
Mir Mosharraf Hossain’s book ‘Amar Jiboni Grantha’ suggests that he was the disciple of Harinath Majumder, the Kangal of Kumarakhali. Mosharraf Hossain’s literature began with two editions of ‘Grambarta Prakashika’ published by Harinath Majumder and ‘Sangbad Provakor’ of Ishwarchandra Gupta.
In the ‘Grambarta Prakashika’, Mir Mosharraf published articles on various topics including literature, philosophy of science, and published stories of the persecution of zamindars and British indigo with the utmost courage.Mir Mosharraf Hossain won the status of the first modern Muslim prose artist in the history of Bengali literature by writing about 25 prose books including ‘Zamindar Darpan’ based on Indigo Revolt. ‘Mahatma Lalan Fakir’, the first upbringing of the philosophy of Lalan on Baul saint Lalan Fakir, was published in his edited ‘Hitokori’ (1890).
Although born in Kushtia, Mir Mosharraf Hossain’s childhood, juvenility and youth all spent in the Padamati of Nawabpur union of Baliakandi upazila of Rajbari. He also spent the last days of his life in Padamati. His wife Bibi Kulsum also died here. His father Mir Moazzem Hossain and other family members were also buried in the family cemetery at Nawab’s house in Padamati. He breathed his last on December 19, 1911.
On the occasion of his birthday, The Bangla Academy has taken a two-day program at Mir Mosharraf Hossain Cemetery in Padamati. The program includes discussion meetings, cultural events and a single book fair with Mir Mosharraf Hossain’s books.