Khatun, Azizunnesa

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Khatun, Azizunnesa (1864?-1940) poet, was born in Jamalpur in the district of 24-Parganas, where her father, Mir Chand Ali, worked as an inspector of police. Their ancestral home was in Goadi-Krishnanagar in Nadia. Azizunnesa studied Bangla, Arabic, Persian, and English at home. While still in her teens, she was married to Mokaddesul Haque of Bansdaha, who encouraged her to study further.

Azizunnessa Khatun's command of Bangla and English improved further by her association with Professor Mairajuddin of Saint Xavier's College, Kolkata. After the death of her first husband, she married Hamidullah Khan, zamindar of Tetulia. On his death, she married for a third time, Kazi Lutfor Rahman of Bansdaha. Kazi Lutfar Rahman also died untimely. Azizunnesa had no issue. She dug ponds to provide clean drinking water for villagers and founded a maktab for girls. She was inspired by the English selections prescribed by Calcutta University and translated a ballad by Thomas Parnell as Udasin Kavya(1884). Several of her poems were published in contemporary magazines. She died in Basirhat in 1940. [Nurul Amin]