Newaj, Kazi Kader
Newaj, Kazi Kader (1909-1983) teacher and poet, born in Talibpur in the district of Murshidabad. His ancestors came from Mangalkot, a village in the district of Burdwan. He matriculated in 1923 from Mathrun High English School in Burdwan. He completed his BA Honours in English from Behrampur College (1927) and MA (1929) from Calcutta University. He taught in several English high schools in North Bengal, becoming headmaster of Dinajpur Zilla School in 1963, from where he retired in 1966.
Kazi Kader Newaj published several books of poems, among them Maral (1936), Dadur Baithak (1947), Nil Kumudi (1960), Duti Pakhi Duti Tara (1966), Manidvip, Utala Sandhya, Kaler Hawa, and Maruchandrika. He received the President's Award, Bangla Academy Award and Madar Baksh Award. Kazi Kader Newaj died in Jessore in 1983. [Shipra Dastider]