Jibanananda Das was born in 17 February 1899 in a small town of Barisal, located in the southern region of Bangladesh. His ancestors came from the Bikrampur region of Dhaka district, from a now-extinct village called Gaupara on the banks of the river Padma.
Jibanananda Das is probably the most popular Bengali poet after Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Popularity apart, he had distinguished himself as an extraordinary poet presenting a paradigm hitherto unknown. It is a fact that his unfamiliar poetic diction, words choice and thematic preferences took time to reach the readers heart . The poetry of him has become the defining essence of modernism in twentieth century Bangla poetry. He is considered one of the precursors or pioneer who introduced modernist poetry to Bengali Literature, at a period when it was influenced by Rabindranath Tagore’s Romantic poetry. Tagore wrote on Jibanananda Das poem: Jibanananda Das’ vivid, colourful poem has given me great pleasure.
Jhôra Palok , Dhushor Pandulipi (Grey Manuscript), Bonolota Sen, Môhaprithibi (Great Universe), Shaat-ti Tarar Timir (Darkness of Seven Stars), Shreshtho Poetry, (Best Poems), Rupôshi Bangla are well known poetry books of Jibanananda Das.
On October 14, 1954, Jibanananda Das was unmindfully crossing a road near Calcutta’s Deshapriya Park when he was hit by a tram. The injury was too fatal to redress. Jibanananda died in hospital on October 22, 1954 after eight days of struggle with death, close to midnight. Notwithstanding indigenous anchorage and very own world-view, stylistics and diction, Jibanananda Das will appeal to poetry lovers and modern men of intellect and emotion all around the world of today and of tomorrow.
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