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Sukanta Bhattacharya: Poet of youth

Published on : 13 May 2019, 09:48 AM
Sukanta Bhattacharya: Poet of youth

Sukanta Bhattacharya, a young Bengali poet and playwright, followed the Marxist ideology and progressive spirit, is one of them who enriched the revolutionary concept of Bengali poetry after the Rabindra period. His rhythm, style was so relaxing, strong and perfect that it exceeded his young age. In his 21 years of lifetime, this young poet has gifted some unusual works which enriched Bengali literature to a great extent.

Born in an insolvent family, Sukanta wrote on the Second World War, 1943 Bengal famine, fascist aggression, communal riots, etc. In 1944 he became a member of the Communist Party of India. In that year he edited an anthology named Akal (Famine). Sukanta was associated with communist politics since his adolescence period. He took motivation from the never-ending misery of subservient nation and the dream of an exploitation-free society.

Sukanta started writing from a very tender age. At the age of eleven, he wrote a music drama named `Rakhal Chele`. This was later compiled in his creation `Hartal`. As a poet of Marxist consciousness, he wrote some unique poems and made a special place in Bengali literature. Sukanta is termed as the common man`s poet. Happiness and sadness of the helpless-oppressed proletariat is the main subject of his poetry. He wanted to eradicate class discrimination dexterously through his poetry.

Illness and insolvency did not stop him from writing. Sukanta has always been dedicated to the welfare of the people. Sukanta Bhattacharya, inspired by humanity, was able to completely change the present context of poetry.  He was the editor of the Kishore Sabha (youth section) of the Bengali daily organ of the Communist party, Dainik Swadhinata, since its inception in 1946. Among his writings Chharpatra, Purbabhas, Mithekada, Abhiyan, Ghum Nei, Hartal, Gitiguchchha are notable.

He died of tuberculosis at the Jadavpur T. B. Hospital (later, K. S. Roy T. B. Hospital) in Calcutta at a very young age of 21. In a short span of time, he has given many things to Bengali literature. He didn`t lose his identity in the crowd of mammoth poets like Rabindranath, Nazrul, Dwijendralal Ray, and Jibanananda Das. He has signed his efficiency through his talent, intellect and thinking. Sukanta has exceeded her age limit through his mature thinking. Today, on his death anniversary, we commemorate this great writer with profound respect.


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