Jibanananda Das | Brief Biography
Jibanananda Das | Brief Biography
Jibanananda Das was a Bengali poet and writer, widely regarded as one of the greatest modern poets in the Bengali language. Born on February 17, 1899 in Barisal, British India (now Bangladesh), Jibanananda Das started writing poems at a young age and went on to publish several collections of poems, including “Banalata Sen” and “Rupasi Bangla”. He is known for his modernist style, blending traditional Bengali literary forms with contemporary themes and techniques, and his poems often explore themes of nature, life, death, and love.
Das completed his education at the University of Calcutta and began working as a teacher in different colleges in Kolkata. During this time, he continued to write and publish poems, and his works soon became popular among the Bengali literary community. However, despite his popularity and success, Das led a private life and shied away from the public eye.
Jibanananda Das’s poems are known for their vivid imagery and use of nature to convey deeper emotions and thoughts. He often employs a colloquial style of writing and incorporates elements of rural Bengal into his poems. His works also reflect his deep interest in philosophy and spirituality, and many of his poems contain subtle references to Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
Some of Jibanananda Das’s most famous works include “Banalata Sen”, “Rupasi Bangla”, “Dhushor Pandulipi”, and “Jhara Palok”. His poetry collection “Banalata Sen” was first published in 1942 and remains one of his most popular works, widely regarded as a classic of Bengali literature. The poem is a long narrative poem and tells the story of a traveler’s journey through a rural Bengal village.
Despite his popularity and influence, Jibanananda Das died in an accident in 1954, at the age of 55. His death was a great loss to the Bengali literary community, but his legacy lives on through his works, which continue to be widely read and appreciated today. 0 0 0.
“Jibanananda Das: A Biographical Sketch” by Prabodh Kumar Sengupta, in “Jibanananda Das: His Life and Poetry” (1997)
“Jibanananda Das: The Poet of Eternal Solitude” by Sudhin Naskar, in “Contemporary Indian Poetry in English” (2001)
“Jibanananda Das: The Poet and His Poetry” by Sankha Ghosh, in “A History of Bengali Literature” (2004)
“Jibanananda Das: A Critical Study” by Amiya Chakrabarty, in “Modern Indian Poetry in English” (2008). ***
N.B. This article originally belongs to the book entitled ‘Brief Biographies of Prominent Bengali Writers‘ by Menonim Menonimus.
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