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Abdul Gaffar Choudhury no more

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Published: 14:22, 19 May 2022   Update: 15:10, 19 May 2022
Abdul Gaffar Choudhury no more

The veteran journalist, columnist, political analyst and writer, Abdul Gaffar Choudhury, has passed away.

He breathed his last at 7.00am on Thursday (local time) at a hospital in London, UK. He was 88 years.

Senior Journalist Syed Anachh Pasha confirmed this to risingbd from London.

He is perhaps best known for writing the lyrics to “Amar Bhaier Rôkte Rangano” which is the most widely celebrated song commemorating the Bengali Language Movement.

Choudhury was born on December 12, 1934 in the village of Ulania under Mehendiganj in Barishal. His father was Hazi Wahed Reza Choudhury, a landlord and freedom fighter of British India, and mother Zohra Khatun.

He graduated from Dhaka University in 1959 and came to England on 5 October in 1974.

Mr. Choudhury worked as a journalist in different national newspapers in Dhaka. During the 1971 Bangladesh’s Liberation War, he worked for Joy Bangla, Jugantar and Anandabazar Patrika.

He has written more than 35 five books. Some of his notable works are “Danpithe Shawkat”, “Chandrodwiper Upakhyan”, “Nam Na Jana Bhore”, “Nil Jamuna”, “Shesh Rajanir Chand”, “Polashi Thekey Dhanmondi” and “Bastobotar Nirikhey”.

Choudhury received numerous awards including Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1967, Ekushey Padak, UNESCO Literary Award, Bangabandhu Award, Shanghati Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, Sadhinota Padak in 2009. In the same year, The Daily Ittefaq honoured him with Manik Miah Padak. In 2014, he was awarded with the PIB-Sohel Samad Memorial Award.