Bangla: কায়কোবাদ) (also spelt Kaikobad) or Mohakobi Kaykobad (Kaykobad the great poet) was the pen name of the poet Kazem Ali Quereshi.
Kaikobad (1857-1951) was an epic
Bengali poet and writer. He was born in the village of Agla under Nawabganjthana in the district of Dhakain what is now Bangladesh, in 1857. He was the son of Shahamatullah Al Qureshi, a lawyer at the DhakaDistrict Judge Court.
Kaikobad studied at Pogose School and Saint Gregory School in
Dhaka. He then went to Dhaka Madrasah where he studied up to the Entrance Examination. However, he did not sit for the examinations, returning instead to his native village to take up the job of postmaster, where he worked until his retirement. In 1932, he presided over the main session of the Bangiya Muslim Sahitya Sammelan in Kolkata.
Kaikobad revealed his poetic genius early. His Birahabilap was published in 1870, when he was about thirteen. Kaikobad was influenced by the epics written by hemchandra banerjee and nabinchandra sen and, in 1904, published Mahashmashan (The Great Crematorium), based on the Third Panipat War. The epic, which shows the destructive nature of war in both victory and defeat, is considered his masterpiece.
Kaikobad's other works include Kusumakanan (1873), Ashrumala (1895), Shivamandir (1922), Amiyadhara (1923), Shmashanabhasma (1924) and Maharram Sharif (1932). His Premer Phul (1970), Premer Vani (1970), Prem Parijat (1970), Mandakini Dhara (1971) and Gauchh Paker Premer Kunja (1979) were published posthumously. The
Bangla Academypublished his complete works as Kaikobad Rachanabali (Writings of Kaikobad) in three volumes (1994-95).
Kaikobad's literary inspiration derived from his desire to make the backward
Muslimsaware of their rich tradition and heritage and thereby help restore their glory. However, he also wrote on religious issues of both Hindus and Muslims. For his literary achievements, the Nikhil Bharat Sahitya Sangha awarded him the titles of 'Kavyabhusan', 'Vidyabhusan' and 'Sahityaratna'. He died on 21 July 1951and was buried at the Azimpur Graveyard in Dhaka.
*Dakhil Bangla Sahitya
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