Saturday, 28 May, 2022

Poet Madhusudan Dutt's 198th birth anniversary tomorrow

Poet Madhusudan Dutt's 198th birth anniversary tomorrow

The 198th birth anniversary of legendary Bengali poet and father of Bengali sonnet Michael Madhusudan Dutt is tomorrow.

On January 25 in 1824, Madhusudan Dutt was born to landlord Raj Narayan Dutt and Janhabi Devi at Sagardari village under Keshabpur upazila in the district.

Madhusudan, also 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.

Madhusudan Dutt is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets in Bengali literature and the father of the Bengali sonnet. He pioneered 'Amitrakshar Chhanda' (blank verse). His first attempt of 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 the 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, segregating 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.

Kaliprasanna Singha, who is famous for his translation of the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata into Bengali, organised a felicitation ceremony for Madhusudan Dutt to mark the introduction of blank verse in Bengali poetry.

His most famous literary work is sonnet "Kapatakkha Nad". Kapatakkha Nad (river) flows through Jashore, the poet's ancestral home.

Madhusudan was a gifted linguist and polyglot as he studied in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit.

Madhusudan passed away at Kolkata on June 29, 1873 at the age of 49, only three days after his wife Henrietta breathed her last. The poet was buried in Kolkata.

Keshabpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer MM Arafat Hossain said that due to the Corona situation the day-long programme will be celebrated tomorrow complying with the health protocol including maintaining social distance.

The programme includes wreath-laying at the portrait of the great poet and discussion at Sagardari.

For the first time this year, under the management of the district administration, special supplements on the great poet will be published in local newspapers, he said.