Introduction: Kazi Nazrul Islam, the ‘rebel poet’ is favourite to me. Whenever I go through his writings, I get courage, inspiration, and confidence. His spirited language, deep feeling for the suffering humanity and above all, message of rebellion, hope, and self-confidence impress everybody. Although he was born in a pious but poor family he attained the spirit of fighting against odds and injustice right in his literary works. All these features touched my heart. So I like him most.
Birth and parentage: Nazrul was born on the 11th Jaistha, 1306 B. S. in the village Churulia of Burdowan in West Bengal. He lost his father at an early age. So he had to start his life in hardship. He was a restless nature which turned him, truant boy, even when he was at Muktab. However, he passed the lover primary examination with credit. He could compose points and songs even when he as a mere boy. He joined the village ‘Letta’. party and earned name and fame both by acting and composing longs and theatrical booklets. Being driven by poverty he had to take the job of a primary school teacher.
Early life and education: Nazrul was adventurous in nature. When he was only 12 years old, he fled away to Asansol and worked in a baker’s shop. There his extraordinary qualities drew the attention of a Muslim sub-inspector of police who took him to Mymensingh. There he got himself admitted into a local high school. But he did not remain there for long. While he was the student of class X, the call of the First World War attracted him. He joined the Bengal Regiment and fought in different battlefields in the Middle East For his bravery in the war he was promoted as ‘Havildar’.
His contribution: After the war, he vigorously started his v1riting. He began to contribute different kinds of writings to different periodicals. These writings drew the attention of many. But when his poem ‘Bidrohi’ appeared in a weekly he became, famous overnight. This poem raised a tempest and established his distinct place in the sphere of Bengali literature.
From his poem, songs and other kinds of writings began to ceaselessly appear in different periodicals. He was put into prison for his fiery poem ‘Agnibina’. But he did not stop writing. He presented many writings even from jail ‘Agnibina’, ‘Bisher Bashi’, ‘Badhanhara’, ‘Bulbul’, ‘Chayanat’, ‘Phanimanasha’, ‘Baythardan’, and ‘Mrityuakhudha’ are some of his famous books. Nazrul enriched not only Bangali Literature but also the Bengali songs.
In 1942 he was attacked with paralysis. After passing a long silent life, he died in Dhaka in 1976 and was buried beside Dhaka University mosque.
Conclusion: His spirited poems roused the people of sleeping Bangal. His lyrics and other writings are the greatest source of inspiration for our youths. His writings are so dear to them that they hardly pass any literary or cultural function without singing his song and reciting his poems, Like the pole-star his writings will always guide our youth. So he is so favourite to me.
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