At the very beginning of the novel, Tarashankar Banerjee has managed to connect the reader with the story—’not just a surprising event, but a real event. The son of a thief-robber clan suddenly became a poet. ‘Poet’ is a story of extraordinary sense of life, awakening of artistry or love, grief and self-discovery. In the novel ‘Kabi’, he painted a picture of the son of the Dom family suddenly becoming a poet.
Nitai’s becoming a poet is an accident! Because the poets of that time were usually of high descent. Being a low caste, he was poor and had no party of his own. He goes around fairs with a jhumur group and sings composed songs. Each poem is nested in his mind in a different context. Sometimes the motivation of his poetry is the first love Tagore, sometimes nature, sometimes the beautiful spring, sometimes humiliation, sometimes grief-pain. Nitai’s love can be seen in two forms. First, a kind of reverential fondness for the married Tagore; Secondly, Dehapasarini Basant of Jhumurdal is related to human mind. But due to the untimely death of the two, a different feeling awakens in Nitai. He is not satisfied with love. At the end of the novel, it seems that who is more unfortunate? Thakurji, do you sit down?
Written by: Pintu Ranjan Arch