Today marks the 43rd death anniversary of famous Bangladeshi poet, lyricist, composer and writer Jasimuddin. On this day of 1976, he left his last breath at the age of 73. For his modern ballad sagas written in pastoral mode, Jasimuddin is popularly known as `Palli Kabi` (Pastoral Poet).
Jasimuddin was born in the village of Tambulkhana in Faridpur District on 1 January 1903 in his maternal uncle`s house to school-teacher Ansaruddin Mollah and Amina Khatun.
Jasimuddin completed his early education from Faridpur Welfare School and Faridpur District School (now Faridpur Zilla School). From there he passed his matriculation examination in 1921. He obtained his BA degree in Bengali from the University of Calcutta in 1929 and his MA in 1931.
From 1931 to 1937, Jasimuddin worked as a collector of folk literature with Dinesh Chandra Sen. He is also a compiler of Purbo-Bongo Gitika (Ballads of East Bengal). He has collected over 10,000 folk songs, some of which have been included in his song compilations Jari Gaan and Murshida Gaan. He also wrote voluminously on the interpretation and philosophy of Bengali folklore.
In 1933 he joined as the research assistant of Ramtanu Lahiri of University of Calcutta under Dr Dinesh Chandra Sen. Later in 1938, he joined Dhaka University as a lecturer in Bangla Department. He left University in 1944 and joined the Department of Information and Broadcasting. He served there as deputy director till retirement in 1962.
Jasimuddin’s talent as a poet developed early. When he was still a university student, his poem ‘Kabar’ (Grave) was included in school textbooks. His poetic rhythms are strained from folk poetry, which is very easy to read and quick to memorize.
He is the poet of the rural Bengal. He portrayed the natural beauty of the rural world as well as the lives and emotional responses of the village people. His ageless creation ‘Naksi Kanthar Math’ has been translated in different foreign languages. Besides he is also the father of many remarkable writings like Sojan Badiyar Ghat, Rangila Nayer Majhi, Matir Kanna, Suchayani, Beder Meye, Pallibadhu, Thakur Badir Abinay, Dalim Kumar etc.
For his outstanding contribution in Bengali literature, Jasimuddin was honored with several awards. Among them President`s Award for Pride of Performance, Pakistan, DLitt. by Rabindra Bharati University, India (1969), Ekushey Padak (1976) and Independence Day Award (1978) are the remarkable ones.
Bangla Insider/ SM