Bishnu Dey is a famous poet of modern Bengali literature. After Rabindranath Tagore, his role in creating a new trend in modern Bengali poetry is unique. After the 1930s, there was a new trend in Bangla poetry. Originally those who brought this new outlook are called the `thirties poets`. Bishnu Dey is one of them.
Today marks the 109th birth anniversary of this gifted poet of Bengali literature. In 1909, he was born in Kolkata`s famous Shyamacharan Dey`s family. He was a poet, prose writer, translator, academic and art critic in the era of modernism, post-modernism.
Bishnu Dey`s poems are the perfect combination of gist and emotion. He conveyed the heritage of the country and the tradition of world literature. The influence of European modern poets and the Marxist philosophy is visible on the formation of his poetic thought. But Marxist initiation has enriched his poetry and did not overthrow his talent. But at one time of his life, he suffered intimidation towards the Communist leadership. He has repeatedly returned to Eliot. However, he did not limit himself to Eliot only; he has also traveled to Éluard and Aragon`s poems. Even Freudian impressions are noticed in his early poems.
His notable creations are Urvashi O Artemis, Chora Bali, Purba Lekh, Sandiper Char, Naam Rekhechi Komal Gandhar, In the sun and the rain. In addition, he wrote some books on drawing. Among them - Art of Jamini Roy, The Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore and India and Modern Art are the notable ones.
In 1971, he received India`s highest literary award Jnanpith Award. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his contribution to literature. He also won the Soviet Land Award for Rushti Panchashati.
In his career, he taught at Ripon College, Presidency, Maulana Azad College and Krishnagar Government College. Besides, he worked for 17 long years as the editor of a magazine published by Sudhindranath Dutta. He also edited a magazine named Nirukta.
His political and social movements, awareness, fascination of folk life of Bangladesh, fondness for sarcasm, specialty on using rhythm, and wisdom in using proper word made him unique among his contemporary writer.