The 70th death anniversary of legendary poet Sukanta Bhattacharya was observed at his ancestral village in Unshiya under Kotalipara of Gopalganj on Saturday.
Members of different socio-cultural organisations placed floral wreaths at his portrait in the morning.
Later, Sukanta Smriti Sangsad organised a discussion to mark the day. Sangsad President Ainal Hossain, Ghagor UP chairman Mia Hanifuzzaman, district Udichi General Secretary Ratan Sen Kangkan and Kotalipara Press Club President Mizanur Rahman Bulu also spoke.
Sukanta was born on August 15, 1926 at his maternal uncle’s home in Kolkata. He became involved in students’ movements and became a member of the Communist Party in 1944.
He appeared at the Entrance examination in 1945, but failed to pass and dropped out.
He edited the “Kishore Sabha” section of the Dainik Swadhinata (1945), published by the Communist Party as well as a poetry anthology, Akal (1944), on behalf of the Society of Anti-Fascist Writers and Artists, according to Banglapedia.
Sukanta died of tuberculosis in Kolkata on May 13, 1947.
His complete writings were anthologised in Sukanta Samagra and published posthumously.
His poems describe the sufferings of the common people and their struggle for existence.