Sukanta Bhattacharya

(15 August 1926 - 13 May 1947 / Calcutta / British India)

Sukanta Bhattacharya
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Sukanta Bhattacharya (Bengali: সুকান্ত ভট্টাচার্য) was a Bengali poet and playwright. Along with Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam, he was one of the key figures of modern Bengali poetry, despite the fact that most of his works had been in publication posthumously. During his life, his poems were not widely circulated, but after his death his reputation grew to the extent that he became one of the most popular Bengali poet of the 20th century. He has had a significant influence on poet Subhas Mukhopadhyay and composer Salil Chowdhury who set some of his popular poems to music.

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  • ''I did love Kolkata as a mysterious woman, the beloved, my mother...I dont the outside world, my world is Kolkata... I do want to live, but Im certain that the death of Kolkata will bring my end''
  • ''There is Bengal, and Bihar, Barakor river is in the middle of them; so strange, so profound! No other river (not even Ganga) has cast so vast a spell on me.''
  • ''Radio, books, sports—so many means to spend time, but what I like most is the leafy sunshine amidst the Debdaru.''
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Best Poem of Sukanta Bhattacharya

Poetry And Being

No more of this poetry.
Bring on the hard, harsh prose instead.
Let the jingle of verse disappear
And the strong hammer of prose strike.
No need for the serenity of a poem;
Poetry, I give you a break today.
In the regime of hunger, the earth belongs to prose,
The full moon now reminds us of toasted bread.


[Translated from original poem 'He Mahajiban' (Benglai) ]

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