Bande Ali Mia

Published:  12:35 AM, 02 June 2018

A poet of simple and typical rural life

A poet of simple and typical rural life

Bande Ali Mia was a Bangladeshi poet, novelist, playwright and writer of Children's Literature. He authored a total of 84 books, most of which feature a rural setting.

Bande Ali Mia was born in the village of Radhanagar in Pabna District on 15 December 1906. He passed the Entrance examination (1923) from Majumder Academy in Pabna and studied painting (1927) at the Indian Art Academy in Kolkata. For some time he worked as a journalist in the magazine Islam Darshan, and then taught at a Calcutta Corporation school (1930-1950).

His first book, Char Jamai, was published in 1927 by Calcutta Ashutosh Library. Another work, Maynamotir Char, was published in 1931 by DM Library in Calcutta. He was the editor of the periodicals Bikash and Bhorer Alo.  He subsequently moved to East Pakistan, where he worked at the Dhaka and Rajshahi radio stations.

Bande Ali Mia wrote in a variety of genres such as poetry, novel, play, biography and children's literature. His noteworthy books include poetry anthologies, Mainamatir Char (1930), Anurag (1932), Padmanadir Char (1953), Madhumatir Char (1953), and Dharitri (1975); novels, Basanta Jagrata Dvare (1931), Shes Lagna (1941), Aranya Godhuli (1949), and Nidbhrasta (1958); an anthology of short stories, Taser Ghar (1954); a play, Masnad (1931); juvenile literature, Chor Jamai (1927), Meghkumari (1932), Bagher Ghare Ghoger Basa (1932), Sonar Harin (1939), Shiyal Panditer Pathshala (1956), Kunchbaran Kanya (1961), and Sat Rajyer Galpa (1977); and biographies, Kamal Ataturk (1937), Sharat Chandra and Chhotoder Nazrul (1958). 

Bande Ali Mia also worked as a graphic artist and designer. For his contribution to children's literature he was awarded the Bangla Academy Prize (1962), President's Award (1965) and Uttara Sahitya Majlis Padak (1977).

He died in Rajshahi on 17 June 1979. Bande's poems were included in the curriculum of school level, secondary and higher secondary Bengali Literature in Bangladesh. In 1988 his admirers established the Kobi Bonde Ali High School.

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