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Four-day Sukanta Fair ends in Kotalipara

  • Published at 10:00 pm March 5th, 2019
Sukanta Mela, Gopalganj correspondent story
Gopalganj District Council Chairman Chowdhury Emdadul Haq distributes prize to winners of the four day painting, writing and poetry recital competition of the fair yesterday | Dhaka Tribune

The fair ended with the recitation of poems by young poets coming from different regions of the country on late Monday night. Each poem spoke of a non-communal nation and a non-violent society. The young poets made the promise of building a non-communal Bangladesh from the unconventional philosophy of Sukanta

The four-day-long fair in his hometown of the Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj, in memory of Sukanta Bhattacharya, a Bangali poet and playwright, ended successfully on Monday with the promise of building a non-communal Bangladesh.  The fair, jointly organized by the ministry of cultural affairs and the district administration was inaugurated on Friday.

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

The fair ended with the recitation of poems by young poets coming from different regions of the country on late Monday night. Each poem spoke of a non-communal nation and a non-violent society. The young poets made the promise of building a non-communal Bangladesh from the unconventional philosophy of Sukanta.

Chairman of the District Council Chowdhury Emdadul Haq, the event’s chief guest, distributed prizes among the winners of the four-day competition in  painting, writing and poetry recitation.

Sheikh Hasina Adarsh College lecturer and poet Mintu Roy at the event said: “Poet Sukanta Bhattacharya has voiced protests against injustice and discrimination in all his poems. We, the people of Kotalipara are proud of our poet and request the government officials to construct a tourism center at the poet's paternal home.”

Poet Khan Chaman-e-Elahi said: “It is impossible to represent poet Sukanta to the Bangali nation through just a fair. I demand celebrating the renowned poet’s birth and death anniversaries on a national scale.”

Sumant Saha, Assistant Professor of the Kotalipara Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Model Government College said: “Poet Sukanta Bhattacharya was a humanitarian poet. He wanted to create a non-communal society,free from exploitation. We would like to spread the spirit of the poet and his works through various programs throughout Bangladesh like this fair.”

Kotalipara Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) SM Mahfuzur Rahman said: “Those who practice the works of poet Sukanta will be invited to next edition of the fair so that students and visitors attending the fair can know more about him. We are pleased that we have been able to present a little about poet Sukanta to the Bangali nation. The next edition of the fair will be held at the poet’s paternal home from March 1-4, next year.”

Sukanta Bhattacharya, born on August 15, 1926 in Kolkata, 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.

Long before the partition of India in 1947, the poet’s father Nibaran Bhattacharya left their ancestral home in the Unshia village in the Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj and left for Kolkata. 

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 Bhattacharya.