A November 2004 trip
to Bangladesh by gazi shahid
Quote: Michael Madhusudan Dutta was a modern Bengali poet who first introduced sonnets in Bengali poetry. S.M. Sultan is the famous artist who is known to every modern artist of the world. Both of them were born in the Jessore district. Date-palm juice is another famous thing of Jessore.
Another thing about Jessore worth mentioning is that the rate of unemployment is very low here, because most of the young people are self-employed. The young people of Godkhali (25 kilometers from Jessore town) cultivate flowers like tuberose and marigold extensively to import them at home and abroad. Young people of Chanchra in Jessore town have poultry farms, kitchen gardens, fish nurseries, and hatcheries. The farmers of Chanchra have won national and international awards for their creativity.
Michael Madhusudan Dutta is the most modern poet of Bengali literature, before Tagore. He was born in a Hindu Zaminder family on January 25, 1824. First, he wrote English poems and published a book named "The Captive Lady". He wanted to be an international poet. To reach his dream, he converted to Christianity and went to France. But he was frustrated, as he was unable to reach his dreams. Lastly, he wrote many kinds of Bengali poems. He wrote some plays also. His life was full of struggles. He was born in Sagardari, 50 kilometers from Jessore town. It is on the river Kopotakkho. The house of Michael is now a museum. Every year, people of the area arrange a fair here.
S.M. Sultan was another great man of the district. He was a renowned artist. In 1982, Cambridge University declared him "Man of Asia". In 1984, the Bangladesh government chose him as its artist in residence. He was born and brought up in a very simple family. He did not like being held back, so he gave up his formal education at Calcutta Art College when he was in the third year (1944). In 1950, he represented Pakistan in the International Conference of Artists. Then he traveled Europe and America. In 1953, he came back to his birthplace of Narail, 40 kilometers from Jessore town. Here, he established Nandan Primary School and Nandan School of Fine Arts. In 1973, he established Academy of Fine Arts (now named "Charupeeth") in Jessore town. Every year, thousands of visitors visit the birthplace of S.M. Sultan in Narail, on the bank of the river Chitra.