Today marks the 43rd death anniversary of renowned poet, songwriter, and folklore collector Jasimuddin.
Fondly known as "Palli Kobi", Jasimuddin was born on January 1, 1903 at Tambulkhana in Faridpur. He was a graduate of University of Calcutta.
The poet is remembered for his superb rendition of Bengali folklore. His poetry is a demonstration of the simple, timeless appeal of rural Bengal and folk life. He was also a writer of fine prose -- fluent, witty, and expressive.
In 1969, Jasimuddin was awarded DLitt by Rabindra Bharati University. He also received Ekushey Padak (1976) and Swadhinata Dibas Puroshkar (posthumous, 1978). Jasimuddin died in Dhaka in 1976 and was buried in his village, Govindapur.
On the occasion, Faridpur district administration will place floral wreaths at his grave and arrange a discussion and milad mahfil in the village.