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Michael Madhusudan DuttMichael Madhusudan Dutt (1824-1873) was born in the Jessore district of Bengal. His Persian-educated father, a pleader in Calcutta?s law-courts, brought his family to the city, and Madhusudan was sent to Hindu College to acquire an English education. In 1843 he converted to Christianity, and moved to Bishop?s College, where he studied Latin and Greek. In 1848 he moved to Madras, where he worked as a teacher and journalist. Madhusudan initially had ambitions as a poet in English, but on returning to Calcutta embarked on his career as a dramatist and poet in Bengali, earning his living as a Interpreter and Clerk in the Police Court. His masterpiece, Meghnadbadh kabya, was published in two volumes in 1861. In 1862, he sailed to England to read for the Bar at Gray?s Inn. He returned to Calcutta again in 1867 but found it difficult to practise as a barrister. He died in 1873 and was buried in Lower Circular Road Cemetery in Calcutta. A bust of Madhusudan was installed there in 1888.