Remembering Michael Madhusudan Dutt

Michael Madhusudan Dutt

Michael Madhusudan Dutt is considered as a poem, who played a key role in turning poetry from the age of ancient to modern. He is the only poet who dared to change the philosophy of art of epic, for which, people of Bangladesh will never forget him.

Today Monday is the 197th anniversary of the birth of the great poet. Breaking the tradition Sagardari in Bangladesh, the birthplace of the poet will wear no festive look this year to avoid further infection of Covid – 19. Michael Madhusudan Dutt will be observed at Sagardari, on the bank of the River Kobadak, the birthplace of the poet, today 25th January.

A cultural programme is undergoing be chalked out marking the day. No traditional fair will be held this year, said Tamijul Islam Khan, deputy commissioner, Jashore.

‘We’ll just recall the memory of the poet,’ DC told.

The poet was born at Sagardari under Keshabpur upazila in Jashore on January 25, 1824.It was Saturday. Landlord Raj Narayan Dutta was his father. His mother’s name was Janhabi Devi. He died at Kolkata General Hospital at around 2pm on June 29, 1873, Sunday, followed by the death of his wife Henrietta on June 26, three days before his death. He was buried at Park Street, Kolkata, India.

Madhusudan is the writer of the famous epic- Meghnadbadh (1861).

He is also the writer of a number of dramas, poetry books, translated books and other literary works. His literary works include Sharmishtha (1859), Ekei Ki Bale Shabhyata (1860), Bure Shaleker Ghare Roan(1860),Padmabati(1860),Tilattama Shambhab( 1860), Krishnakumari(1861),Nil Darpan(1861),Hectar Badh(1871), Mayakanan(1874), The Captive Lady(1849) and so on.

I would like to pay my solemn tribute to the poet on this day. May the poet live long in the mind of the people!

Saifur Rahman Saif is a Bangladeshi journalist. He works at New Age, a popular newspaper.He can be reached at [email protected].



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