ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Manibhushan Bhattacharya

Manibhushan Bhattacharya (1938-2014) was a major poet who transformed the language of Bengali poetry in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His ­poems were published in famous literary journals including the Buddhadev Basu-edited Kabita, Porichoy, Chaturanga and Purbasha. Manibhushan questioned the dominant mode of writing poetry in his poems and transformed the language of poetry from within. In one of his poems, he expressed that it is futile to read the accomplished poets and stated that he only reads Samar Sen’s prose in Frontier.

Manibhushan was born in a family of Sanskrit pundits in a small town, ­Sitakunda, in the district of Chittagong, now in Bangladesh, in 1938. The town was surrounded by the mountains and the sea. Metaphors of nature and religious-puranic traditions found place in his poetic journey at different points of time. Manibhushan later settled in a jute mill town, Naihati, for a long time and earned his livelihood as a schoolteacher. The everyday life of the subaltern people in the town found expression in his poems.

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