Jasimuddin, popularly called Palli Kabi, was a Bengali poet, lyricist, composer and writer widely celebrated for his modern ballad sagas in the pastoral mode.
Date of Birth : 01 Jan, 1903
Date of Death : 13 Mar, 1976
Place of Birth : Tambulkhana
Profession : Poet
Nationality : Bangladeshi
Jasimuddin (Bengali: জসীম উদ্‌দীন; 1 January 1903 – 14 March 1976), popularly called Palli Kabi (lit. 'Pastoral Poet'), was a Bengali poet, lyricist, composer and writer widely celebrated for his modern ballad sagas in the pastoral mode.Although his full name is Jasim Uddin Mollah, he is known as Jasim Uddin.His Nakshi Kanthar Math and Sojan Badiar Ghat are considered among the best lyrical poems in the Bengali language.[3] He is the key figure for the revivals of pastoral literature in Bengal during the 20th century. As a versatile writer, Jasimuddin wrote poems, ballads, songs, dramas, novel, stories, memoirs, travelogues, etc.

Born in Faridpur, Jasimuddin was educated at Culcutta University where he also worked as Ramtanu Lahiri assistant research fellow under Dinesh Chandra Sen from 1931 to 1937.In 1938, he joined the University of Dhaka and taught there for 5 years.In 1944, he joined the Department of Information and Broadcasting of the then government and retired in 1962.

"An ardent supporter of socialism" and Bengali language movement, Jasimuddin was "one of the pioneers of the progressive and non-communal cultural movement" during 1950s and 1960s. He was awarded the President's Award for Pride of Performance in 1958, Ekushey Padak in 1976 and Swadhinata Dibas Puruskar posthumously in 1978.He rejected Bangla Academy Award in 1974.

In January 2018, Bangla Academy announced Jasimuddin Literary Award, a biennial award to be given for life-time contribution to Bangla literature.

Early life and career

Jasimuddin (certificate in hand) at the reception by Rajenra College, Faridpur after the selection of "Kabar" poem by the University of Calcutta in 1928

Jasimuddin in London, England (1951)
Jasimuddin was born in the village of Tambulkhana in Faridpur District on 1 January 1903 in his maternal uncle's house. His father, Ansaruddin Mollah, was a school-teacher. His mother, Amina Khatun (Rangachhut) received early education at Faridpur Welfare School. He matriculated from Faridpur Zilla School in 1921. Jasimuddin completed IA from Rajendra College in 1924. He obtained his BA degree in Bengali from the University of Calcutta in 1929 and his MA in 1931.[5] From 1931 to 1937, he worked with Dinesh Chandra Sen as a collector of folk literature. Jasimuddin is one of the compilers of Purbo-Bongo Gitika (Ballads of East Bengal). He collected more than 10,000 folk songs, some of which has been included in his song compilations Jari Gaan and Murshida Gaan. He also wrote voluminously on the interpretation and philosophy of Bengali folklore.

Jasimuddin joined the University of Dhaka in 1938 as a lecturer. He left the university in 1944 and then worked at the Department of Information and Broadcasting until his retirement in 1962 as the deputy director.

Tomb of Jasimuddin
Jasimuddin started writing poems at a young age. As a college student, he wrote the celebrated poem Kabar (The Grave), a simple tone to obtain family religion and tragedy. The poem was placed in the entrance Bengali textbook while he was still a student of Calcutta University.

Jasimuddin is noted for his depiction of rural life and nature from the viewpoint of rural people. This had earned the title as Palli Kabi (the rural poet). The structure and content of his poetry bear a strong flavor of Bengal folklore. His Nakshi Kanthar Math (Field of the Embroidered Quilt) and Sojan Badiar Ghat (Gypsy Wharf) is considered two masterpieces and has been translated into many different languages.[citation needed]

Jasimuddin was introduced with Abbas Uddin by poet Golam Mostofa in a musical program held in Kolkata in


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তুমি যাবে ভাই? যাবে মোর সাথে,/ আমাদের ছোট গাঁয়? গাছের ছায়ায় লতায় পাতায়/ উদাসী বনের বায় ? - জসীমউদ্দীন
ওই দূর বনে সন্ধ্যা নামিছে ঘন আবীরের রাগে অমনি করিয়া লুটায়ে পড়িতে বড় সাধ আজ জাগে। - জসীমউদ্দীন
আমাদের দেশের লোকেরা যেমন ভুত, প্রেত, ওঝা পীর ও ফকিরে বিশ্বাস করে তেমনি হোমিওপ্যাথিক ঔষধে বিশ্বাস করে - জসীমউদ্দিন
আমার এ ঘর ভাঙিয়াছে যেবা, আমি বাঁধি তার ঘর, আপন করিতে কাঁদিয়া বেড়াই যে মোরে করেছে পর - জসীমউদ্দীন
ওই দূর বনে সন্ধ্যা নামিছে ঘন আবীরের রাগে অমনি করিয়া লুটায়ে পড়িতে বড় সাধ আজ জাগে - জসীমউদ্দীন