Michael Madhusudan Dutt

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Michael Madhusudan Dutt

Michael Madhusudan Dutt
Born 25 January 1824(1824-01-25)
Sagordari village, Jessore, British India
Died 29 June 1873(1873-06-29) (aged 49)
Calcutta, British India
Occupation Writer
Nationality British Indian
Ethnicity Bengali
Genres Poet, playwright
Subjects Literature
Literary movement Bengal Renaissance
Spouse(s) Rebecca Mactavys
Henrietta Sophia White (m. 1856–1873)
Children Napoleon
Sharmistha

Michael Madhusudan Dutt, or Michael Madhusudan Dutta, (25 January 1824 – 29 June 1873) was Indian Bengali poet and dramatist. He was the first great poet of modern Bengali literature.[1] He was educated at the Hindu College, Calcutta. In 1843, he became a Christian. He was born in Sagordari, a village in Keshobpur Upozila, Jessore District, East Bengal (now in Bangladesh). He was a pioneer of Bengali drama. His famous work Meghnad Bodh Kavya, is a tragic epic. It has nine cantos and is exceptional in Bengali literature both in terms of style and content. He also wrote poems about the sorrows and pains of love as spoken by women.

From an early age, Dutt wanted to be an Englishman in form and manner. In later life, he regretted his attraction to England and the Occident. He wrote lovingly of his homeland in his poems and sonnets from this period.

His early writings were in English, but they were unsuccessful. He turned, reluctantly at first, to Bengali. His main works, written mostly between 1858 and 1862, include prose drama, long narrative poems, and lyrics. His first play, Sarmistha (1858), was well received. His poetical works are Tilottamasambhab (1860), a narrative poem on the story of Sunda and Upasunda; Meghnadbadh (1861), his most important piece, an epic on the Rāmāyaṇa theme; Brajangana (1861), a cycle of lyrics on the Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa theme; and Birangana (1862), a set of 21 epistolary poems on the model of Ovid’s Heroides.

Dutt is widely said to be one of the greatest poets in Bengali literature. He is the father of the Bengali sonnet. He was the first to make what came to be called amitrakshar chhanda (blank verse). Dutt died in Kolkata, India on 29 June 1873.[2]

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