Heyat Mamud

Heyat Mamud (1693-1760) Bangla poet, was born in the village of Jharbishila under Ghoraghat in rangpur district. His father, Shah Kabir, the dewan of the Ghoraghat administration, was also a poet.

Heyat Mamud's poetic talent was hereditary. He composed poems between his duties as kazi of the Ghoraghat administration. He wrote four books of poems: Jabganama (1723), Sarbabhedavani (1732), Hitajvanavani (1753) and Ambiyavani (1758). The Janganama is based on the tragic story of Karbala and was influenced by Persian poetry on the same theme. Sarbabhedavani is a book of didactic poems, and is based on Mofrehul-Kulub, the Persian translation of Pavchatantra. Hitajnanavani discusses religious ethics and principles of Islam as well as sufism. Ambiavani contains stories of the prophets' lives, starting with Hazrat Adam to hazrat muhammad (Sm). This voluminous book is considered Heyat Mamud's masterpiece. Heyat Mamud is the last representative of the medieval style of poetic composition. [Wakil Ahmed]