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Thursday, October 16, 2014, Kartik 1, 1421, Zilhajj 20, 1435 Hijr

Remembering poet Golam Mostofa
Observer Cultural Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-10-16,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 8
Golam Mostofa (1897-1964) was a poet, writer and scholar. He was born in the village of Manoharpur in Shailkupa thana in Jhenaidaha district. He is the son of Golam Rabbani and grandson of Kazi Golam Sarwar, both were folk poets.
Poet Golam Mostofa was remembered on his 50th death anniversary on October 13. To observe the day, different socio-cultural organisations held elaborate programmes across the country.
The poet passed BA from Ripon College in 1918 and BT from David Hare Training College in 1922. In the mean time he started teaching at Barakpore Government School in 1920. He retired as headmaster of Faridpur Zila School in 1949. Mostofa's "Biswanabi" is a popular book about the life and works of Prophet Muhammad (Sm). His poetic works include "Raktarag", "Khoshroj", "Kabya-Kahini", "Sahara", "Hasnahena", "Bulbulistan", "Baniadam", "Gitisanchalan" and others. He also translated the writings of the Urdu poets Hali and Iqbal: Musaddas-i-Hali, Kalame Iqbal, Shikwa O Jawab-i-Shikwa. In 1958 he translated the holy Quran.
Though known mostly as a poet, Mostafa was a skilled writer of both prose and poetry. His poems are characterised by their simple and artistic expression and lyrical quality. He also wrote some textbooks, which were used in undivided Bengal. Some of his poems are prescribed reading at school. He recorded a number of his songs, including some duets with noted folk artist Abbasuddin Ahmed.
In recognition of his literary and cultural contribution, he was conferred the title "Kavya-Sudhakar" by the Jessore Sangha and "Sitara-i-Imtiaz" by the Pakistan Government.
The poet breathed his last in 1964.

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