Leading Bangla writer Promoth Chowdhury was recalled at his ancestral house of Haripur village in Chatmohar upazila of Pabna for the first time on Monday afternoon amid festivity on the occasion of his 149th birth anniversary.
'Promoth Chowdhury Smriti Shangrakhhan Parishad' (PCSSP) organised the event at the writer's ancestral house on Monday.
Born on August 7, 1968, at the village Haripur in Chatmohar upazila under Pabna district, Promoth Chowdhury began his literary career at an early age. As a literary figure during the Rabindra era he was able to establish own stance through a close observation of life and society. He died on September 2, 1946, in Kolkata.
The Chowdhury family shifted to India before Partition in 1947, leaving behind their sprawling state in the village.
“Land grabbers occupied the ancestral house. Long after, the Pabna district administration freed the estate from illegal occupiers on April 19 this year. A library was also set up in the historic house,” Professor Iqbal Kabir Ronju, president of the SSP told The Daily Star.
A discussion on the occasion was chaired by president of SSP Iqbal Kabir Ronju.
The speakers focused on the literary works of Promoth Chowdhury and said he took the lead in bringing into being a modern form of Bangla language.
His literary works enriched Bangla language, the speakers added.
Among Chowdhury's notable books are Tel-Noon-Lakri (1906) Beerboler Halkhata (1916), Nana Kotha (1919) and Probondho Sangraha (1952-53). He was also a talented poet. Panchashat (1913) and Podacharn (1919) are his sonnet books. Towards end of his life Chowdhury immersed himself in editing the Bishwa Bharati.