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Jibanananda Fair starts in Barisal

  • Published at 11:33 pm October 22nd, 2018
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Jibanananda died in a tram accident in Kolkata on 22 October 1954

A two-day long Jibanananda Fair started in Barisal on Monday morning calling for more study and research on him.

The festival was organized by the Jatiyo Kabita Parishad Barisal unit and included a rally, a 'Kobi Adda' discussion, book fair and cultural functions marking the 64th death anniversary of the renowned Bengali poet.

Divisional Commissioner of Barisal - Ram Chandra Das inaugurated the fair at the Aswini Kumar Hall at 11am.

Three Indian poets-Ullas Chattopadhyay, Moloy Mukhapadhyay and Nurul Islam also participated in the program.

Jibanananda Das remained anchored in his own soil and time, successfully assimilating experiences - real and virtual - and producing hundreds of unforgettable lines. His intellectual vision was thoroughly embedded in Bengal's nature and beauty, they said.

His success as a premier modern Bengali poet in the post-Tagore era may be attributed to the facts that Jibanananda Das in his poetry discovered the tract of the slowly evolving 20th-century modern mind, sensitive and reactive, full of anxiety and tension, the speakers opined.

Jibanananda Das invented that in his own diction, rhythm and vocabulary, with an unmistakably indigenous rooting, and that he maintained a self-styled lyricism and imagism mixed with an extraordinary existentialist sensuousness, perfectly suited to the modern temperament in the country-context, participants observed.

Jibanananda died in a tram accident in Kolkata on 22 October 1954.

He was born on February 17, 1899 in Barisal.