Poet of the past, present and future

Print edition : October 19, 2012

Michael Madhusudan Dutt's photos did not survive. When he died in 1873, he left a daughter who was hurriedly married three months before his death at the age of 13 and a half, and two minor sons. The daughter died within six years and one of the sons died soon after his father. The youngest and only son was six when Michael died. His life story and photos were thus sadly lost. All that was left was some distorted, twisted and exaggerated memories in the minds of his friends. The only photo that still exists was distorted and retouched (as a result one side of his nose is significantly shorter than the other side). His best image is the painting by Atul Bose at the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, reproduced here.-COURTESY: GHULAM MURSHID Michael Madhusudan Dutt's photos did not survive. When he died in 1873, he left a daughter who was hurriedly married three months before his death at the age of 13 and a half, and two minor sons. The daughter died within six years and one of the sons died soon after his father. The youngest and only son was six when Michael died. His life story and photos were thus sadly lost. All that was left was some distorted, twisted and exaggerated memories in the minds of his friends. The only photo that still exists was distorted and retouched (as a result one side of his nose is significantly shorter than the other side). His best image is the painting by Atul Bose at the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, reproduced here.

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