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Al Mahmud

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Al MahmudAl Mahmud (born 11 July, 1936) is one of the best Bangla poets and writers of Bangladesh. He is considered as one of the best Bengali poets to emerge from the 1950s.[1]He was born in Brahmanbaria District. Mahmud started his career as a journalist. He was recognized as an outstanding poet after the publication of his volume of verse, Lok Lokantor, in 1963. Later books, such as Kaler Kalosh (1966), Sonali Kabin (1966), and Mayabi Porda Dule Otho (1976), established his position as one of the most prominent poets of the country.[2]In addition to writing poetry, Al Mahmud has written short stories, novels and essays, among which 'Pankourir Rakta' and Upamohadesh are considered to be the most famous ones. He is often said as having enriched Bengali Poetry by his copious use of regional dialects. After the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, he joined the Daily Ganakantha as assistant editor. He was jailed for a year for being very critical of the then Awami League government. Later, he joined Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy and retired as its director. Lok Lokantor; Kaler Kalos; Sonali Kabin; Mayabi Porda Dule Otho; Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash; Bokhtiyarer Ghora; Al Mahmud In English; Dinjapon; Ditiyo Bhangon; Ekti Pakhi Lejjhola; Golpshomogro; Jebhabe Gore Uthi; Kishor Shomogro; Kobir Attobisshash; Kobitashomogro; Kobitashomogro-2; Pankourir Rakta; Na Kono Shunnota Mani Na; Nodir Bhitorer Nodi; Pakhir Kache, Fooler Kache; Prem O Bhalobashar Kobita; Prem Prokriti Droho Ar Prarthonar Kobita; Premer Kobitashomogro; Upomhadesh; Uponnashhomogro -1; Uponnashhomogro -2; Uponnashshomogro-3; Trishera

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 01:08

Asad Chowdhury

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asad_chowdhuryAsad Chowdhury (11 February, 1943) is a prominent poet, writer, translator, radio, TV personality and journalist, as well as a cultural activist in Bangladesh. He received a Masters in Bengali in 1964 from Dhaka University and is the father of three sons and one daughter.
Chowdhury is a former director at the Bangla Academy, Dhaka and worked as an editor at the Bengali service of Deutsche Welle after his retirement. During the liberation war of Bangladesh, Chowdhury was a contributor and broadcaster of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in Kalkata. He started his profession as a lecturer in Bengali language and literature at Brahmanbaria College in 1973. He has also been assistant editor in “The Joybangla” (Kalkata, 1971) and in “The Daily Janapada” (Dhaka, February 1973). He was a correspondent for The Daily Purbodesh from 1968 to 1971.
He is a life member of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and a fellow of Bangla Academy, Dhaka, as well as being the ex-Vice President of The Radio and TV Artists Association. He has held many other positions over his life, including: Life member of Bigana Samskriti Parshad, Dhaka; Life member of Bhasha Sammmiti, Dhaka; Member of the Presidium Jatyo Kabita Utsabe, Dhaka; Founder, President of Deutsche Banglische Geselschaft E.V. Bonn, Koln, Germany Ex-Member, R.F.F.U.; Founder, Vice-President of Chandradeep, Dhaka; Founder, Vice-President of the Bangladesh Writers Club, Dhaka; An associated Member of the National Press Club, Dhaka
Poems BAL AMAR; Tabak Deya Pan, 1975; Bitto Nai Besat Nai, 1976; Ekka Dokka, 1980; Joler Madhye Lekhajokha, 1982; Je Pare Paruk, 1983; Modhya Math Theke, 1984; Megher Julum Pakhir Julum, 1987; Nadio Bibastro Hoi, 1992; Premer Kabita, 1992; Garbo Amar Anek Kichur, 1994; Tan Bhalobasher Kabita, 1996; Batash Jemon Parchito, 1998; Brishtir Sansare Ami Keo Noi 1998; Kichu Phool Ami Niviye Diechi, 2003; Prem o Prakritr Kobita, 2003
Folk tales Teen Rasarajer Adda, 1998; Vin Desher Lok Kahini, 1998; John Henry, 2001; Chotother Mojar Golpo, 2001; Annya Desher Lok-Kahini, 2004
Other Kon Alokar Phool, 1982 (essay); Rajanikanta Sen, 1989 (biography); Kabita Samagra, 2000; Maichalengelo, 2001 (biography)
Translations Chowdhury's publications have been translated into English, French, German, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam and published in the USA, Canada, UK, France, India and Pakistan.
Cassettes Padavali (1981); Moder Garab Moder Asha (1985); Sangbarta (1989); Premer Kabira (1992)
Radio and TV production He conducted Kathakali, a weekly program from 1973 to 1981, and prepared manuscripts for, conducted and participated in many programmes of Radio Bangladesh.
Other activities Chowdhury participated in poetry sessions and recitations arranged by Bangla Academy, German Culture Institute, American Culture Centre, Alliance Francaise, Russian Cultural Centre, Iranian Cultural Centre, Islamic Foundation, as well as other cultural organisations of Bangladesh. More recently, he has read poems at a festival organised by the Bangladesh Association in Pittsburgh in 2000, and attended Mukti Judha Uthsab in Agartala, India in January 2001.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 01:13

Syed Shamsul Haq

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sayed_shamsul_haqSyed Shamsul Haq (born 1935), is one of the best Bangladeshi poets and writers. He was born in Kurigram.
Syed Shamsul Haque was born in the Mahakuma Kurigram (now district) in 1935. His father was Syed Siddique Hossain a homeopathic physician and mother Halima Khatun. His father came to Kurigram to pursue in the practice of medicine. Traditionally they were a peer (saint) family but Haque's father breaking the family tradition studied English and Medicine. Haque's grandfather was furious at this audacity of his son. Haque passed his childhood and youth in Kurigram. During his childhood he observed the harshness of Second World War. Haque married Anwara Syed Haque (also an author) and they have one daughter called Bidita Syed Haque, and one son called Ditiyo Syed Haque.
Syed Shamsul Haque is a short story writer, playwright, novelist and very famous poet. Psychological game is found in his stories. He is an urbanized writer. Middle class is his target for writing.
His literary works were included in the curriculum of school level, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level Bengali literature in Bangladesh.
Poetry Ekoda Ek Rajje [1961]; Boishekhe Rochito Ponktimala [1969]; Birotihin Utsob [1969]; Protidhonigon [1976]; Opor Purush [1978]; Kobita Samagra (Collected Poems) in 3 Volumes [2007]
Novels Ek Mahilar Chhobi (Portrait of a Woman, 1959); Anupam Din (Best Days, 1962); Simana Chhariye (Beyond the Bounds, 1964); Neel Dangshon (The Blue Sting, 1981); Smritimedh (Massacre of Memory, 1986); Mrigayay Kalakshep (Spending Time in Deer Hunting, 1986); Stabdhatar Anubad (Translation of Silence, 1987); Ek Juboker Chhayapath (The Milky Way of a Youth, 1987); Swapna Sankranta (Regarding Dreams, 1989); Brishti O Bidrohigon (Rain and the Rebels, 1996); Baro Diner Shishu (A Child of Twelve Days, 1989); Banabala Kichu Taka Dhar Niyechhilo (Banabala Borrowed Some Money, 1989); Trahi (Save Our Soul, 1989); Tumi Sei Tarbari (You are That Sword, 1986); Kayekti Manusher Sonali Jouban (Golden Youth of a Few Human Beings, 1989); Shreshtho Uponyas (Best Novels, 1990); Nirbasita (The Exiled Woman, 1990); Nishiddha Loban (Forbidden Incense, 1990); Khelaram Khele Ja (Keep It Up, Kilroy, 1991); Megh O Machine (Cloud and Machine, 1991); Iha Manush (This is a Human Being, 1991); Mahashunye Poran Master (Poran Master in the Space); Dwitiya Diner Kahini (Story of the Second Day); Balikar Candrojan (The Girl’s Lunar Vessel); Ayna Bibir Pala (The Ballad of Ayna Bibi); Kaldharma (Religion of the Time); Duratwa (Distance); Na Jeyo Na (No, Don’t Go); Onya Ek Alingan (A Different Embrace); Ek Mutho Janmabhumi (A Fistful of Motherland); Bukjhim Bhalobasa (Love that Makes the Chest Ache); Acena (Unknown); Alor Jonyo (For Light); Rajar Sundari (The Beautiful Girl of the King)
Stories Tash [1954]; Seet Bikel [1959]; Rokto Golap [1964]; Anondr Mrittu [1967];
Others Payer Awaj Paoa Jay [1978]; Srabon Raja [1969]; Nuruldiner Sara Jibon
Awards Bangla Academy Award (1966); Adamjee Literary Award (1969); Alakta Gold Medal (1982); Alaol Literary Award (1983); Kabitalap Award (1983); Literary Award of the Association of Women Writers; Ekushey Padak (1984); Jebunnessa-Mahbubullah Gold Medal (1985); Padabali Kabita Award (1987); Nasiruddin Gold Medal (1990); TENAS Medal (1990); Swadhinata Padak (2000)

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 01:14

Siddique Mahmudur Rahman

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Siddique Mahmudur Rahman is an eminent author, researcher, translator, editor, publication specialist. He is pioneer in studying on Postal History and Postage Stamps of Bangladesh. He published 9 books on postal history and postage stamps of Bangladesh and was awarded 6 prises from USA, Australia, South Korea and Indonesia. He has six translated works. He has specialty in translation of Bangla poems.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 00:51

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Abdullah Abu Sayeed

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Abdullah_aby_sayedAbdullah Abu Sayeed 25 July 1940, in Calcutta) is a writer, television presenter, organizer and activist from Bangladesh. Sayeed was a professor of Bengali language in Dhaka College for many years. In mid 70's he started presenting Shaptabarna, a multidimensional TV programme in Bangladesh Television, which attained popularity specially among the young viewers. In 1975, he founded the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra or World Literature Centre to promote the study of literature. It remains one of the most important cultural institutions in the nation. His publications include Poems: Mrityumoy O Chiroharit; Short Stories: Rodonruposhi, Khor Jouboner Bondi; Biday Abonti; Plays: Judhyojatra; Esseys-Reaarch: Durbolotai Rabindranath O Onyanyo Probondho, Uttar Projonmyo, Bondho Dorojay Dhakka, Swanirbachito Probondho O Rochona, Newyorker Adday; Memoier: Nishfola Moather Krishok, Bhalobashar Sampan, Translation: Dag Hammerskold, Srikhalito Prometheus, etc. Sayeed was given the 97th Ramon Magsaysay Award in Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts for cultivating in the youth of Bangladesh a love for literature and its humanizing values through exposure to the great books of Bengal and the world."

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 01:15

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