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Ghanaram Chakrabarty was a distinguished Bengali poet who is known for his significant contribution to Bengali literature during the medieval age. His works portrayed the tradition of the Dharmamangalkavya. His mentor had stated that Ghanaram Chakrabarty was a 'Kabiratna' in the true sense of the term and his work 'Anadi Mangal' was composed approximately around 1711. Anadi Mangal was also referred to as 'Sri Dharma Sangeet'.
This poet was born in Kukura-Krishnapur village which is located on Damodar River
which constitutes the present-day Bardhaman
district in West Bengal
. Gourikanta Chakrabarty and Sita Devi
were his parents. Ghanaram Chakrabarty received his primary schooling from a 'Paathshala' in the region of Rampur
. Kirtichandra, who was the then Maharaja of Bardhaman later patronized this poet. He had four sons whose names were Ramgopal, Rampriyo, Ramokrishno and Ramgobindo. Though Ghanaram has praised Dharmathakur quite eloquently in his poem, he himself was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama
In his work of Dharmamangalakavya, numerous incidents from Ramayana
and Bhagavad Gita
have been depicted. Two main stories of Dharmamangalakavya which involve the tales of Lausen and Harishchandra have been described in 24 'palas' which are further classified into 9147 'shlokas' in his poem. Apart from this, he has also created 'Satyanarayana Sindhu', whch is a 'panchali' that eulogises Satyanarayana.
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