Pallikbi Jasimuddin

Pallikbi Jasimuddin

 

Jasimuddin has occupied a special place in the history of literature by writing poems on the rural nature of Bengal and rural Bengal. He is identified as the successor of Rakhali, Saji, Murshedi, Bhatiali, Baul, Marfati song genres of Bengal.

 

Jasimuddin’s poem depicts the intimate image of the common people of Bengal, they have always drawn beards, tilled the fields with ploughs, panted in the forge, hammered iron in the iron.

 

They are the ones who have crossed the Padma in a boat with the force of the storm.

 

Their common happiness, sadness, love, estrangement, union, turn, the joy of the festival, the quarrel over the land and the crops of the field, the crying like a fool in grief – just like them, Jasimuddin has sincerely highlighted these feelings in their words in his writings.

 

The simple language and pure beauty of his poetry easily attract and fascinate the reader.

 

Poet Jasimuddin was born in 1904 AD in Faridpur district of Bangladesh. He composed the famous poem ‘Kabar’ when he was a class 10 student. The poem it started with a surprisingly poignant emotion

 

Here is your grandmother’s grave under the pomegranate tree.

 

I have soaked in the water of two eyes for thirty years.

 

That’s all he brought home, face like a doll.

 

The chest would cry because the puppet game would break. After passing his MA from Calcutta University, he taught in the Bengali Department of Dhaka University.

 

Dr. Dinesh Chandra Sen, Ramatanu Lahiri Professor of Bengali Language and Literature, University of Calcutta, engaged young Jasimuddin to collect and research Bengali folk songs and folk literature. Dinesh Chandra was a particular admirer of Jasimuddin’s poetry.

 

1929 A.D. With the publication of ‘Naxikanthar Mat – Jasimuddin’s book of poems and stories, Bengali poetry got a response.

 

When the English translation of this book of poetry was published, his name spread abroad. Abanindranath wrote in the preface to this poetry book, “I don’t know how much love this beautiful story woven yoga will have among the city dwellers. I saw it with the eyes of love. Because through this writing, the rural life of Bengal appeared to me like a beautiful sweet picture.”

 

Thanks to this book of poetry, Jasimuddin became famous at the age of twenty-six. At that time, the arena of Bengali poetry was bright with the brilliance of Rabindranath and Nazrul. Meanwhile Jasimuddin’s poetry was able to take its own place due to new language and new expression.

 

In the beginning he used to write his name as Jasimuddin Mollah. When Kazi Nazrul Islam suggested to truncate his name to Jasimuddin, the poet continued to use that name thereafter.

 

Jasimuddin used to write songs himself; He could also sing well. He wrote many lines, Jari, Bhatiali songs and composed them. The tunes of Bhatiali songs like ‘Nishithe Jayo Phul Bane Re Bhramar’ or ‘O Rangila Nair Majhi, Ei Ghate Lagaiya Nao, Nigun Katha Kaiya Jao Shuni’, sung by renowned singer-composer Sachindev Barman, once captivated the entire country. These mind-blowing songs are composed by Jasimuddin.

 

Jasimuddin’s notable books, Rakhali, Naxikanthar Mat, Sojan Badiyar Ghat, Baluchar, Mati Kanna, Paddy and Field, in the courtyard of Thakurbari etc.

In addition, he collected the traditional stories and stories of rural Bengal and published them in several volumes called ‘Bengali’s Laughing Stories’.

 

In 1976 AD, the poet was transferred to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

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