Kangal Harinath

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Kangal Harinath
Native name
কাঙ্গাল হরিনাথ
Harinath Majumdar

(1833-07-22)22 July 1833[1]
Died16 April 1896(1896-04-16) (aged 62)
Other namesKangal Fikir Chand, Fikir Chand Baul

Harinath Majumdar (22 July 1833 – 16 April 1896), better known as Kangal Harinath, was a Bengali journalist, poet and Baul singer.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Harinath was born in Kumarkhali village, Kushtia District, now in Bangladesh.[3] He took up journalism to promote the cause of the poor and oppressed.[4] He started writing in the Sangbad Prabhakar and in 1863 started publishing a journal, Gram Barta Prokashika. The journal was funded by Swarnakumari Devi.[2] In 1873 Harinath set up a printing press for printing this journal.

He was a disciple of Lalon Shah. He established a Baul group named Kangal Fakir Chander Dal (Group of the Penniless Fakir Chand) in 1880. His songs had a profound influence on many thinkers of the day, including Rabindranath Tagore and Akshay Kumar Maitreya.[citation needed]

On his death, the Indian Mirror commented "The district of Nuddea has lost one of its great men".[5]

Notable works[edit]

Harinath wrote 18 books. Some of his works are:

  • Bijoy Basanta (1859)
  • Charu-Charitro (1863)
  • Kavita Kaomudi (1866)
  • Okkrur Sangbad (1873)
  • Chittachapala (1876)
  • Kangal-Fakir Chand Fakirer Gitabali (1293-1300 Bengali Year)


  1. ^ Aman, Amanur (22 July 2010). "Kangal Harinath birth anniversary commemorated in Kushtia". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Shipra Dastider (2012). "Harinath, Kangal". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  3. ^ Amanur Aman (21 April 2015). "Death anniversary of Kangal Harinath". The Daily Star. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  4. ^ Raha, B. (26 November 2013). "Harinath Majumdar and the Bengal Peasantry". Indian Historical Review. 40 (2): 331–353. doi:10.1177/0376983613499683.
  5. ^ Rajib Kanti Roy. "A Selfless Reformer, Kangal Harinath Majumdar". The Daily Sun. Retrieved 28 May 2016.