Happy Birthday to legend of Bengali Literature
Published: 09:56 AM, 13 November 2019 Updated: 02:02 PM, 13 November 2019
Late prolific author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed’s 72nd birthday is being observed on Wednesday. He is equally admired by readers and audiences for composing Bangla literature, plays, films and songs. Though he is not among us today, he left a wealth of his creations.
Born in 1948 at Kutubpur village in Kendua Upazila of Netrokona district, Humayun Ahmed’s nickname was Kajla. Though his first name was Shamsur Rahman which was given by his father, later renamed by Humayun Ahmed.
His father Faizur Rahman Ahmed was a police officer. He was martyred in the hands of the Pakistan Army during the Liberation War. The mother’s name was Aysha Fayez.
Humayun Ahmed, a talented student of the chemistry department of Dhaka University, joined the department as a lecturer at the end of the university life. At one point, he left teaching and became involved in writing, drama and filmmaking.
His breakthrough was his debut novel ‘Nondito Noroke’ published in 1972. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh.
He rose to the top of popularity as a playwright through BTV’s serial ‘Eishob Dinratri’. Then he made his way into the hearts of people across the country through a series of plays like ‘Ayomoy’, ‘Bohubrihi’, ‘Kothao Keu Nei’, ‘Nokkhotrer Rater Moto’.
Under his direction, his first film ‘Aguner Poroshmoni’ was released in 1994. He has directed 8 films in nearly two decades. These 8 films are — ‘Aguner Poroshmoni’, ‘Shrabon Megher Din’, ‘Dui Duari’, ‘Chandrakatha’, ‘Shyamol Chaya’, ‘Noy Number Bipod Sangket’, ‘Amar Ache Jol’ and finally ‘Ghetuputra Komola’.
Humayun’s writing style is characterized as magical realism. His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.
He won the Bangla Academy Award and the Ekushey Padak award for his contribution to Bengali literature.
In the early 1990s, Humayun Ahmed emerged as a filmmaker. He went on to make a total of eight films — each based on his own novels. He received six Bangladesh National Film Awards in different categories for the films ‘Daruchini Dwip’, ‘Aguner Poroshmoni’ and ‘Ghetuputra Komola’.
Humayun is often credited with revitalizing Bengali literature. His unique storytelling style captures the oral tradition and rhythm at the root of Bangla, bringing to life the stories and aspirations of the traditional middle class and rural families.
Meanwhile, his family members and different cultural organizations and TV channels have chalked out various programs to celebrate the birthday of the prominent figure of Bengali literature.
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