Last tributes paid to poet Belal Chowdhury

Dhaka, Wednesday   08 April 2020


Last tributes paid to poet Belal Chowdhury

 Staff Correspondent Daily-Bangladesh

 Published: 06:07 PM, 25 April 2018  

Tributes paid to poet Belal Chowdhury at Central Shaheed Minar; Pic: UNB

Tributes paid to poet Belal Chowdhury at Central Shaheed Minar; Pic: UNB

Last tributes paid on Wednesday to poet Belal Chowdhury at the Central Shaheed Minar by various people from all walks of life.

People from all walks of life, including ministers, political leaders, writers, poets and cultural activists, paid their last tributes to the poet at12:15 pm as his body was taken to Central Shaheed Minar around 11:00 am.

The dead body of the Ekushey Padak winning poet is now on way to his village home Sarishadi village in Feni. He will be buried beside his parent’s graves there, said family members.

Belal Chowdhury breathed his last at 12:30 pm at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi on Tuesday.

Awami League general secretary and road transport and labour minister Obaidul Quader came to pay tribute to poet Belal Chowdhury, said Belal Chowdhury was a Banyan Tree. He wrote about the Bengal soil-man and the sky. In his writings, these figures emerged. It was also popular in Kolkata. The country has irreparable damage to his death.

Culture Minister Asaduzzaman Noor paid tribute to the poet on behalf of the flowers. He said that poet Belal Chowdhury was a bright star, progressive people. He was known to us as Belal brother. Vacuum is made when any man leaves. Belal brother`s vacancy will not be fulfilled.

Different organizations including Bangla Academy, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and some other cultural, social and political organizations paid their respects to the poet.  

The second namaz-e-janaza of the poet was held at Dhaka University Central Mosque after the Johr Prayers while the first namaz-e-janaza was held at Paltan Mosque after Maghrib prayers on Tuesday.

Chowdhury served Bharat Bichitra as its editor, published from Indian embassy in Dhaka. He was also an editor of Shaptahik Sandwip and Krittibas, a Bengali poetry magazine edited by Sunil Gangopadhyay.

Belal Chowdhury also has the reputation as journalist, essayist and translator. He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2014 for his literary contribution. He also received Bangla Academy Literary Award.

Belal Chowdhury was born on November 12, 1938, in Sarshadi village of Feni in the then Bengal Presidency under the British rule.