Dhaka: 9:51 AM, Thu, 23 May, 2019

Poet Al Mahmud’s janaza held at Baitul Mukarram

Mukul : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2019-02-16 2:27:43 PM     ||     Updated: 2019-02-17 5:20:09 PM

Staff Correspondent: The namaj-e-janaza of legendary poet Al Mahmud was held after Johr prayer on Saturday at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the city.

A namaj-e-janaza of legendary poet was also held at the National Press Club.

Earlier, the poet’s body was taken to Bangla Academy premises around 11. 45am.

Poet Al Mahmud died at 11:05pm on Friday at Ibn Sina Hospital in Dhaka's Dhanmondi.

He was admitted to Ibn Sina on February 9. At the hospital he was placed in the intensive care unit (ICU), under the supervision of Dr Abdul Hye.

Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, best known as Al Mahmud, was a poet, novelist, and short-story writer.

Al Mahmud is considered to be one of the greatest Bangali poets to have emerged in the 20th century. His work in Bangla poetry is dominated by his frequent use of regional dialects.

In the 1950s, Al Mahmud was among those Bangali poets who were outspoken in their writing on such issues as the Language Movement, nationalism, political and economic repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.

Al Mahmud was born in Morail village of Brahmanbaria on July 11, 1936. His childhood and secondary education was completed in his village, adjacent to Brahmanbaria town. He started his career as a journalist and obtained widespread recognition after “Lok Lokantor” was published in 1963.

His books Kaler Kalash (1966), Sonali Kabin (1966), Mayabi Porda Dule Otho (1969) cemented his place among the most powerful poets of contemporary Bangla literature. In 1993, his first novel, Kobi o Kolahol was published.

Al Mahmud had been honoured with the Ekushey Padak, the Bangla Academy Award, and the Kabi Jasim Uddin Award in recognition of his contribution to Bangla literature.

risingbd/Dhaka/Feb 16, 2019/Mahadi/Mukul