Father Marino Rigor is a Christian Missionary dedicated to the service of the humanity. He is well renowned as Father Rigon. The extraordinarily resourced person wears many hats- that of a translator, a social worker, a handicrafts entrepreneur, an educationist, an architect and a freedom fighter but above all, he is a cultural personality.
He was born on February 5th, 1925 in Villaverla village in Venice region, Italy. On January the 7th, 1953 he arrived at Bangladesh to speak of Christian Gospel ideals. After traveling in various regions of the country, he settled in the Shelabunia village at Mongla, at the outskirts of the Sundarbans. His firm wish is to be buried here in Bangladesh.
During the mid-fifties, when he began learning the Bangla language for his missionary work, he fell in love with Bangla literature. He began studying Bangla culture extensively – reading works of Sharatchandra, Tagore, Bankim Chandra,Jasim Uddin, and other poets and writers.