Top News Desk: Today, November 13 (Sunday) is the 75th birthday of renowned fiction writer Humayun Ahmed. For a long time, he captivated the reader with the magic of writing.
Humayun Ahmed is incredibly successful in all fields of short stories, novels, plays, and films. He used to surprise the reader in every paragraph of his writings. Many authors seem to give a surprise after two or four pages. Many authors put a surprise at the end of a chapter to make the reader want to read the next chapter. But Humayun Ahmed used to surprise the reader every now and then. And the reader is startled into a wonderful whirlwind
He was indeed a magician of words. As he has stirred the magic of writing, he has built a vast empire of readers and audiences in all branches of creativity. Nandito Narake, Kabi, Sankhanil Karagar, Lilabati, Gauripur Junction, Bahubrihi, Eisob Din Ratri (These Days and Nights), Daruchini Dwip, Nripati, Shubhra, Nakshatra Raat, Aguner Parshamani, Shrabon Megher Din(Day), Kothaw Kew Nei (No One Anywhere), Jochona and Janani’s Golpo, such a storming gift of novels. gave us His books number more than three hundred.
Besides, his films Aguner Parashmani, Shrabon Megher Din, Shyamal Chhaya, Chandrakatha, Doi Duari, Nai No. Bipod Sanket and Ghetuputra Kamola were all popular and commercial successes.
He also wrote and composed songs for films and plays – which are still popular today. ‘Jodi mon kande, tumi chole eso’ (If your mind cries, you come away), ‘Chandni posore ke’, ‘Ek je chilo sonar konna’ (One who was a gold girl), ‘Amar vanga ghore, vanga bera, vanga chalar fake’ (My broken house, broken fence, broken chala gap), ‘O amar ural ponkhi re'(O my flying bird), ‘Chandni posor raite jeno amar moron hoi’ (‘Chandni posor raite may I die). These songs are still in people’s mouths.
In 1994, he received the highest state medal in Bangladesh “Ekushey Padak” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Bengali literature. He was also honored with Writers Shibir Award (1973), Bangla Academy Award (1981), Bacchus Award (1988), Humayun Qadir Memorial Award (1990), and National Film Award (1993 and 1994).
He was born on 13 November 1948 in Kendua, Netrakona. His nickname was Kajal. His father’s name was Faizur Rahman Ahmed and he was a police officer. And his mother’s name is Ayesha Faiz, she was a housewife. He was the eldest child among three brothers and two sisters.
On July 19, 2012, he left us at the age of 64 while undergoing treatment for terminal cancer in the United States. After bringing the body to Dhaka from there, he was soaked in the tears of millions of people in the square of the central Shaheed Minar. Then on July 24, he was laid to rest at Lichutala in Nuhashpalli.
Edited by: Habiba Sultana