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Laily-Majnu


Laily-Majnu a medieval Bangla romance, composed initially by daulat uzir bahram khan, an inhabitant of Chittagong. It is an adaptation of the Arab and Persian story, Laila. The two characters, Laily-Majnu are ill-fated lovers. There are several versions of the story in Persian, by Abdur Rahman Jami and Abdullah Hativi among others. It is believed that Bahram Khan based his poem on Jami's Laila wa Majnun. However, while Jami's poem is inspired by the theme of spiritual love and Sufi mysticism, Laily-Majnu emphasises physical love. [Amrita Lal Bala]