“Bidrohi” [The Rebel] is Kazi Nazrul Islam’s most famous poem, resulting in his soubriquet “Bidrohi Kabi” or “The Rebel Poet”. Before writing this poem, Nazrul was generally thought of as “The Soldier Poet”. Proud of his army rank, in some of his early poems he added his rank before his name: Havildar Kazi Nazrul Islam (See Murshid, 62 and 94). In “Bidrohi”, the poet calls for the destruction of oppression, injustice and violence, so that the rebel, tired of battle, can rest in peace.
Nazrul’s early poems such as “Shat-el-Arab”, “Kheya-Parer Tarani” [The Ferry Boat], and “Bajichhe Damama” [The War Drum Resounds] reveal a Pan-Islamist ideal. While Nazrul was writing these poems, he was asked to compose a poem on the goddess Durga for the Puja issue of a
Citation: Zaman, Niaz. "Bidrohi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 October 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39285, accessed 09 December 2023.]