Kumud Sahitya Mela of Mongalkote is a distinct mark in the cultural arena of Bengal. This year the committee celebrated 136th year of birth anniversary of Folk Poet of Bengal Polli Kobi Kumud Ranjan Mallick. Secretary of the committee Mollah Jashimuddin told in details about the event to the press.
All walks of life joined hand to celebrate the great son of the soil’s birth anniversary.
Kumud Ranjan Mullick (1883-1970) was a Bengali writer and poet. He was a poet of the Tagore era of Bengali literature. He was an early mentor and coach to the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
He was born on March 3, 1883 in a Vaidya-Brahmin family in a village named Kogram in Purba Bardhaman district of West Bengal, India.
He graduated from the Scottish Church College of the University of Calcutta in 1905 and won the Bankimchandra Gold Medal. He started his teaching career at Mathrun High School in Burdwan where he later became the headmaster.
Kumud Ranjan’s poetry was influenced by Vaishnavism. His poetry is also a portrait of rural Bengal. He died on 14 December 1970.
One of his students,at the Mathrun Navinchandra Vidyalay, Burdwan where Kumud Ranjan was the Headmaster,later rose to become Bengal’s best known Rebel poet, Kazi Najrul Islam.