Jasimuddin started writing poems at an early age. As a college student, he wrote the celebrated poem Kabar (The Grave), a simple tone. Famous litterateur Dr. Dineshchandra Sen once wrote that ‘His [Jasimuddin] poetry appears like the breeze from the countryside that cools the. Jasimuddin (Bengali: জসীমউদ্দীন full name Jasimuddin Mollah) (1 January – 13 March ) was a Bengali poet, songwriter, prose writer, folklore collector.

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Jasim Uddin 1st Jan th March, is popularly known as ‘Polli Kobi’ poet of village-folks in Bangladesh because his poems and songs are mainly based on the periphery of Bangladeshi villages with its landscapes, solemn folk tradition, culture and heritage belonging simple characters. Jasim Uddin was well educated, well versed and well urbanised and his research-oriented village based folk-motif with its powerful humanistic appeals, especially in lyrics, earned him universal acclamation in his lifetime.

Jasim Uddin was a very popular poet of Bangladesh. His literary works including poems are adorable because of its rhetoric Bengali colloquy, images of Bengali village-folk and its sorrow and happiness, simple anguish toned up in joys and tears of life. For he has depicted sorrows and joys of simple village-folk of Bangladesh narrating them, as if, in their own dialect, custom and culture that one could at ease find the magic of his intimate emotion reflects the very heart of those village-folk who crowded in his literary works whether in prose or poems.

Jasim Uddin varies between the dancing metre of genuine folk poetry, the terse unit of proverbs and prosy passage of story-telling and description. Jasim Uddin, by M.

Mizanur Rahman, page, of Bangladesh Quarterly, December, issue Modernism in Jasim Uddin’s poems is outstandingly adorned aphorisms along with lives, its paraphernalia and neatly textured colloquial Bengali words of the villagers of remote villages of Bangladesh. Jasim Uddin himself exceptionally creates these themes superceding all other Bengali poets of his age.

His poems appear reflecting picturesque of village ambience and its simple people very candidly. Therein lies innumerable small rivers, canals, marshland, ponds fallen and barren dry riverbeds along with outlying green corps land, jungles, brambles, flora and fauna, birds of different species, rural peoples of different professions that include farmers, roadside barbers, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, fishermen, weavers, cowherds, village quacks, foretellers like palmists and astrologers, wandering gypsies Bede and Bederivillage touts, cruel and niggard middlemen, usurers, villains, landlords and their nefarious henchmen, agents, notorious musclemen who used to occupy char-lands forcibly for their influential masters, extortionists, fanatics, zealots, bigots, Purut Hindu priestMollah, money-lenders, bloodsuckers of the poor villagers and various other indigenous characters.

Everywhere the poet has his compassionate humanistic approach towards drawing pictures of sorrowful or harrowing tales of those affected suffering people. In vain we search in our joy and our pain The secret of his to yield. Only the stifling breeze is blowing; All is empty, all is space.

Here pastoral theme works but in certain disappointment the most villagefolk believes what is destined by providence has no remedy. At his early age, then studying in college, Jasim Uddin composed a long celebrated poem, ‘Kobor’ The Grave.

It was included in the Entrance Bengali textbook while the poet was a student of Calcutta University. Let us have the taste of that appealing poem, full of pathos, ‘Kobor’ from the translation of poet’s daughter Hasna Jasim Uddin Moudud- Here the grandfather is narrating the whole episode of life-story to his grandson about the demised grand mother and other close relations.

Here lies your sister’s grave. She was like a little fairy. After many a request I brought her home one winter. Then I held her in my arms and cried. God, Grant Heaven to all death-stricken souls. Verrier Elwin remarked, “I do not know whether ‘The field of the Embroidered Quilt’ can be classed as folk-poetry, but it is obviously poetry about the folk Jasim Uddin’s villagers rejoice and suffer, desire and are desired, hate and despair from the very depths of their souls; there is nothing trivial about them, nothing superficial; they are real Milford also commented about villages of Bangladesh as saying, “The villages of East Bengal now Bangladesh have had a vigour and vitality of their own.


Folk art and craft and dance have flourished there. Both Jasim Uddin, the poet and Jamini Roy, the artist have found inspiration from them. The rivers and canals of East Bengal have reared the manly people accustomed to swimming, and boating, and fishing.

On the other hand, there is an emotional strain in Bangalis, which is the sufferings of extreme poverty, and a tragic history has developed in them. They are tender and imaginative given to tears and laughter, their stories end with tears unlimited.

The hungry and jobless village-folk became desperate. They left their hearth and jasimuddln for towns and cities in search of food and shelter. They started struggling and seeking subsistence for mere existence.

There was no jasimiddin golden Bangla there with self-sufficiency of food for the common poor folk of the villages. Most of the people of Bengal died of hunger. It was not because of scarcity of food but the poor village folk had no money to buy food and other amenities of life for survival.

The distressing picture of village life can jasimhddin had in Jasim Uddin’s poem- ” Asmanither barir dhare padma-pookur vore Benger chhana, shcola-pana kil-bil-bil kore; Malariar mosok setha bish gulichhey joley, Sei jolete ranna khaoa Asmanither chole.

Pet ti tahar dulche pile, nitui je jor tar Boidyo deke osudh kore paisa nahi ar And that polluted water is used for cooking food and drinking of Asmani. Her spleen-enlarged belly jasimudfin swinging and affected fever is frequent.

She calls on village quack free of fee for she got no money.

About Jasimuddin

Mizanur Rahman Jasim Uddin rebelled against ignorance, injustice, tyranny and social ills. That is portrayed in his poem, ‘Ek paisar Bansi A flute of one pice.

Ei bansiti bajai kara? Ondho-goleer moddhye jara bhog korche bondho-kara Oi dhulai dhoai bondho-kara, Ei bansiti bajay sudhu tader chhelemeye Tomar kotha bajbe nitui ei bansitir sur-sayore neye Ei bansiti bajay jara sohorchara nogorchhara Sovyotar ei alokhara chokh thakite ondho jara Ogyanotar ondhokara jhanto-mriter moton jara Ghumiye achhe deshtijora Ei bansiti bajai soda tader chhelemeye Tomar mukhe tader kotha jolbe nitui Ei bansitir ognisikhay dheye Jhorer rate nachbe tathoi bijli saper meye.

Tomar mukhe bajbey bansi Ondhokarar dhumrorasi Phuye phuye uthbe aloy jole Otyachar tutbe kuthar, tutbe duar ogyanotar Nag-nagini asbe chhutey bisher jalay jole Lokkhojuger otyacharer sodh loite sokol myer Tomar mukher bajbe bansi ognijaly jole Who used to play this flute? Those who are in the dark alleys suffering behind the bar; That’s dust and smoke covered prison cell.

Now their children play this flute. In this flute your talks will always sound in tunes. Those play this flute are away from this town and city. This is that Iightless civilisation where those who act blind In spite of their bright eyes, remain in the darkness of ignorance And appear like the living dead but sleepy throughout the country; Their children play this flute always.

Their talks will be lighted always in this flute and flames of fire Rush speedily like the storm dancing wild with snaky lightning girl. You will play the flute and that continue blowing the smoke And the light will be lit The axe of tyranny will be broken The darkness of ignorance will go The venomous serpents with their vexed poison Will rush to avenge the tyranny of million ages Of all your mothers And the flute of you will continue to play Being lighted by the flaming fire.

Mizanur Rahman After doing his B. He also wrote voluminously on the interpretation and philosophy of Bengali folklore. He continued writing poems, songs, stories, essays, novel, ballads dance drama and playwrights on different indigenous village-folks.

Jasim Uddin : Poet of folk lyrics – The New Nation

He depicted the picture of tears and laughter, sorrows and happiness, miseries and anguish of them in most of his literary works. After the Independence of the sub-continent British teachers left this country. Stock taught English in the Jasmiuddin University.


Uddin is that rare phenomenon, a good poet where university education has not cut him off from the country tradition; illiterate villagers would accept his songs and ballads in the same spirit as those they learnt from their grandparents Simply he got blessings from the poets and litterateurs like Abonindranath Tagore, Rabingranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and jasiumddin silently in his own way.

Meanwhile his following Bengali anthologies came to light: RakhaliNakshi Kanthar MathBalucharDhankhetSojonbadiar GhatHansuRangila Naer Majhiwhich brought him a tremendous acclamation among the local critics, poets and litterateurs and he became famous overnight. Beside all works, Jasim Uddin fought against the Pakistani marauders through his powerful pen at the poeme end of his life.

His noted poem on liberation war- The Freedom Fighter “I am a freedom fighter. poes

Nights and days awake with death at the back and a huge formidable nails ahead. We are advancing to protect honours of our mothers and sisters Rahman Jasim Uddin is internationally known as a poet of the villagefolks of Bangladesh.

Selected Poems of Jasim Uddin

He has a long research experience in it. His knowledge in this regard is deep-rooted and versatile. The folk tradition and rich folklore heritage in Bangladesh is well known throughout the world now.

Professor Amiya Chakravarty a famous poet of the thirtieth wrote a letter to Jasim Uddin in this connection for introducing Robert Payne, a noted American litterateur and researcher, on December 4, Dear and esteemed Jasimuddin It is a long time now since we met but our memories- so clearly associated with Rabindranath and you will never fade. From time to time I have heard about you from mutual friends, particularly from Prof. Aminul Islam who told me about you and jasimudrin creative work, when I visited Dacca last year for a few days, I missed you but I am looking forward to another visit.

This letter will introduce you to Mr. Robert Payne, the author of the great biography of Gandhiji who also published last year a deeply moving and graphic book on Bangladesh called “Massacre”, interpretative book which has had deep international repercussions.

Payne is going to Dacca in a few days to write another book on Bangladesh, touching upon its spiritual courage and literary traditions. Above all, it will be a human document giving us an insight into the life of the people and their creative spirit.

Payne will greatly appreciate meeting you; he has heard much about you from me and I feel that your counsel and suggestions will be most valuable to him. He is, if I may add, a noble personality and a profoundly gifted writer. With my warm regards, your sincerely Kobir Ondormohol: Tirisher Kobither Potraboli Inner apartment of the Poet: Letters of the Poets of thirties collected and edited with introduction by Dr.

Abul Ahsan Choudhurypage Short life-sketch Jasin Uddin was awarded D. Litt from Rabindra Bharati University in in appreciation of his folksy flavor of Bengali literature.

Moreover for his pride and performance he won President’s award in He won also Ekushey Padak in However he refused to accept Bangla Academy award in for the reason unknown.

He powms awarded Swadhinata Puroshkar in posthumously. In each year in the month of Jasimuddi, Jasim Mela fair is observed commemorating the birthday of the poet in a befitting manner. The people from all walks of life, especially the village-folks that include folksingers who sing Baul, Jari-Sari, Mursidi, Bhatiali, Bhawaia songs and songs of Jasim Uddin join the Mela.

Some of them also recite poems, stage dance drama ballads of the poet and some litterateurs discuss on the works of nasimuddin poet analysing pros and cons of his folk literature that includes poems, songs, essays and biography of the poet remembering him with proper homage. After Opems, Jaya Ahsan announced the second movie to be made from her production house, C-tey Cinema. She took her Facebook page to make the disclosure where she revealed the movie title as Phurut.