Ekhlasuddin Ahmed: recalling a trendsetting children’s litterateur

Cultural Correspondent
Professor emeritus Anisuzzaman, centre, delivers his speech at the condolence programme organised to celebrate juvenile writer Ekhlasuddin Ahmed. — New Age photo

Professor emeritus Anisuzzaman, centre, delivers his speech at the condolence programme organised to celebrate juvenile writer Ekhlasuddin Ahmed. — New Age photo

Ekushey Padak winning juvenile writer Ekhlasuddin Ahmed was remembered at an observance programme on Saturday at the Bangla Academy.
Ekhlasuddin’s peers, friends and eminent literary and cultural figures attended the programme organised by the academy.
Ekhlasuddin Ahmed died on December 24, 2014 following a brain hemorrhage. He was 74.
Presided over by emeritus professor Anisuzzaman, poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq; Shamsuzzaman Khan, director general of Bangladesh Academy; artist Rafiqun Nabi; poet Asad Chowdhury spoke among others at the commemorative programme.
The discussants remembered Ekhlasuddin Ahmed as a leading children’s litterateur who has contributed to, and enriched, children’s literature in his literary career that spanned over five decades.
‘Through the children’s magazine Tapur Tupur, of which Ekhlas was the founding editor, he set a trend of children’s literature in the country. His intention was always to introduce children to nature, humanity and history’, said Syed Shamsul Haq.
‘Ekhlasuddin’s lifelong engagement with literature has enriched not only the children’s literary corpus, but also the overall literary-cultural scene’, said professor Anisuzzaman.
Ekhlasuddin Ahmed was born on December 15, 1940 in West Bengal of India. He began his career as a feature editor at the daily Janakantha.
He was the founding editor of popular children’s magazine Tapur Tupur that launched in 1965.
He wrote over 50 books including rhymes, prose and novels for children. Among his well-known books are Chharay Chharay Chhanda, Tunur Dupur, Tunur Harano Ptulguli, Baithaki Chhara.
Chharay Chharay Chhanda bagged an international prize for best publication at Leipzig Book Fair in Germany
in 1967.

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