Today is the 198th birth anniversary of legendary Bengali poet and father of Bengali sonnet Michael Madhusudan Dutt.
On January 25 in 1824, Madhusudan Dutt was born to landlord Raj Narayan Dutt and Janhabi Devi at Sagardari village under Keshabpur upazila of Jashore.
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).
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.
Madhusudan passed away at Kolkata on June 29, 1873 at the age of 49.