Ekushey Padak winner writer Rashid Haider dies...

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Ekushey Padak winner writer Rashid Haider dies

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:01 PM, 13 October 2020   Updated: 06:01 PM, 13 October 2020

Noted writer Rashid Haider

Noted writer Rashid Haider

Former Bangla Academy Director, Liberation War researcher and noted writer Rashid Haider passed away on Tuesday. He was 79. 

The Ekushey Padak winner breathed his last around 10:00 am today at his Fuller road resident in Dhaka. 

According to family sources, the veteran writer was suffering from old age complications for a long time. He was buried at Azimpur Graveyard following his namaz-e-janaza at the Dhaka University Central Mosque after Zuhr prayers. 

Born on 15 July 1941 in the village of Dohapara in Pabna, Rashid Haider did his post-graduate in Bengali literature from Dhaka University in 1985.

Being encouraged by his elder brother Zia Haider, he started working for ‘Chitrali’ magazine while he was a university student. In 1964, he debuted his work as an assistant editor of ‘Parikram’ magazine. He joined the Bangla Academy in 1972 and retired from the post of its director in 1999.

The eminent was adorned with many prestigious awards including Bangla Academy Award (1984), Ekushey Padak (2014), Humayun Qadir Award and Agrani Bank award for his magnificent literary works.