Jasimuddin’s 114th birth anniversary observed
The 114th birth anniversary of Polli Kobi (rustic poet) Jasimuddin is observed Sunday.
District and police administration, Jasim Foundation, members of Faridpur Press Club and different socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at the grave of the poet near his family residence at Ambikapur in the morning.
Teachers and students of Ansaruddin High School in the area brought out a rally marking the day.
A discussion on the life and works of the poet and a doa mahfil will also be held on the day.
A 15-day fair will be held from January 13 near the poet’s village home Ambikapur on the outskirts of the district town, marking the poet’s birth anniversary.
Jasimuddin, a poet, songwriter, prose writer, folklore collector and radio personality, was born at Tambulkhana village in Koijuri union in Faridpur on January 1, 1903.
Jasimuddin started writing poems at an early age. As a college student, he wrote the celebrated poem ‘Kabar’ (The Grave). The poem was placed in the Bengali textbook for entrance examinees while he was still a student of Calcutta University.
He is noted for his depiction of rural life and nature from the viewpoint of rural people. This had earned him fame as Polli Kobi (rustic poet). The structure and content of his poetry bears a strong flavor of Bangla folklore. His lyrical ballad ‘Nokshi Kanthar Maath’ (Field of the Embroidered Quilt) is considered a masterpiece and has been translated into many different languages.
The poet also collected more than 10,000 folk songs, some of which have been included in his song compilations Jari Gaan and Murshida Gaan. He also wrote voluminously on on Bangla folklore.
Jasimuddin died on March 13, 1976 at the age of 73.