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Poet Sukanta fair begins in Gopalganj on Friday

  • Published at 11:13 pm March 2nd, 2019
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Additional District Commissioner, Shanti Moni Chakma, cut the ribbon and lit lamps for the inaugural ceremony at the poet’s ancestral house in Amtali union Dhaka Tribune

After the poet’s death, his reputation grew to the extent that he became one of the most popular Bangali poets of the 20th century

The four-day-long fair in his hometown of Kotalipara upazila, in memory of Sukanta Bhattacharya, a Bangali poet and playwright, kicked off on Friday.

On Friday evening, Additional District Commissioner, Shanti Moni Chakma, cut the ribbon and lit lamps for the inaugural ceremony at the poet’s ancestral house in Amtali union.

Present at the ceremony, Upazila Nirbahi Officer, SM Mahfuzur Rahman, said: "We organized the fair to pass the poet’s ideas on to the next generation."

The fair, jointly organized by the ministry of cultural affairs and the district administration will come to an end on Monday.

Sukanta Bhattacharya, born on August 15, 1926, , became one of the key figures of 20th century Bangla poetry alongside Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam, despite the fact that most of his works were published posthumously. 

His poetry is characterized by rebel socialist thoughts, patriotism, and humanism, and by romanticism as well.

He died of tuberculosis at the Jadavpur TB Hospital in Kolkata on May 13, 1947, at the age of 21.  

A comprehensive account of the poet's life can be found in “Kobi Sukanta Bhattacharya O Sei Somoy,” written by the poet's youngest brother, Amiya Bhattacharyya.