Dhaka, Saturday   16 February 2019

Last tributes to poet Al Mahmud at Bangla Academy

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:04 PM, 16 February 2019  



People from all walks of life gather at the Bangla Academy premises Saturday noon to pay their last tributes to prominent poet Al Mahmud. His body was kept at Nazrul Mancha at the Bangla Academy at 11:45 am. 

The namaj-e-janaza of the poet will be held on Saturday at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital after Zohr prayers.

 Prominent poet Al Mahmud passed away on Friday night. He was 82. The poet breathed his last at 11:05 pm at Ibn Sina Hospital in the capital’s Dhanmondi area.

Poet Al Mahmud, also a novelist and short-story writer, had been suffering from multiple old-age complications since long including Pneumonia. On February 9, he was admitted to the hospital under the supervision of Dr Abdul Hye due to illness. 

Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, best known as Al Mahmud, is considered one of the greatest Bengali poets to have emerged in the 20th century. His work in Bengali poetry is dominated by his frequent use of regional dialects. 

In the 1950s, he was among those Bengali poets who were outspoken in their writing on such subjects as the events of the Bengali Language Movement, nationalism, political and economic repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.

He was born in Morail Village of Brahmanbaria District in Bangladesh. His childhood and secondary education days were spent in this village which is located adjacent to Brahmanbaria town.

Mahmud started his career as a journalist. He obtained widespread recognition after Lok Lokantor was published in 1963. 

In succession, he wrote Kaler Kalosh (1966), Sonali Kabin (1966) and Mayabi Porda Dule Otho (1976). 

Mahmud's other famous poetical works include Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash, Bakhtiyarer Ghora, and Nodir Bhitorer Nodi. 

In addition to writing poetry, he has written short stories, novels, and essays such as Pankourir Rakta and Upamohadesh. 

He took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh as a freedom fighter in 1971. After the war, he joined The Daily Ganakantha as the assistant editor. 

In recognition of his contribution, Al Mahmud was honored with Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Award, and Kabi Jasim Uddin Award.