Kaykobad

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Kazem Ali Quereshi
Kaykobad 1932.jpg
Kaykobad in 1932
Native name কায়কোবাদ
Born Kazem Ali Quereshi
1857
Agla village, Nawabganj Upazila, Dhaka, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 21 July 1951(1951-07-21) (aged 93–94)
Resting place Azimpur Graveyard, Dhaka
Occupation
  • Poet
  • writer
Language Bengali
Notable works Mahashmashan

Kazem Ali Quereshi (c. 1857 – 21 July 1951), known by his pen-name Kaykobad, was a Bengali poet.[1] Nikhil Bharat Sahitya Sangha titled him "Kavyabhusan", "Vidyabhusan" and "Sahityaratna". [1]

Early Life and education[edit]

Kaykobad was born in Agla village of Nawabganj Upazila, Dhaka. His father Shahamatullah Al Qureshi was a lawyer at the Dhaka District Judge Court. Kaykobad attended Pogose School and St Gregory's School. He then went to Dhaka Madrasah and left the madrasah before the Entrance Examination without attending the examination.[1]

Career[edit]

Kaykobad's poem "Birahabilap" was published in 1870, when he was about 13.[1] He is most notable for the long narrative poem Mahashmashan. The poem narrates the story of the Third Battle of Panipat of 1761 and the defeat of the Marathas to Ahmed Shah Abdali. The poem was inspired by poet Nabinchandra Sen’s "Palashir Juddha". His other notable works are "Kusumkanan", "Asrumala", "Shibmandir", "Maharram Sharif" and "Gitikavya".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Islam, Sirajul (2012). "Kaikobad". In Islam, Sirajul; Ahmed, Wakil. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ Chakrabarti, Kunal; Chakrabarti, Shubhra (1840). Historical Dictionaries of the Bengalies. Scarecrow Press Inc. p. 371. ISBN 978-0-8108-8024-5.