Today is the 69th birth anniversary of late popular author-dramatist-filmmaker Humayun Ahmed.
Different socio-cultural organisations and TV channels will observe the day through special commemorative programmes and shows.
Like previous years, private television channel Channel-i will hold a fair on its office premises in Tejgaon. The event will feature discussions, musical shows, dance recitals and books written by Humayun Ahmed.
Besides, other television channels and radio stations will air teleplays and talk-shows in honour of the writer.
Humayun Ahmed, who won much fame following the publication of his very first novel Nandita Narake, was born on this day in 1948.
After obtaining his Master’s degree, he joined Bangladesh Agricultural University as a lecturer in 1972. Six months later, he joined the chemistry department in Dhaka University and left in mid-1990s to work full-time as a writer and filmmaker.
He wrote about 200 works of fiction, which were made popular by his effortless prose, wit, satire and portrayal of the middle class.
Some of his popular novels are Shankhanil Karagar, Amar Achhe Jal, Jyotsna O Jananir Galpa and Aguner Parashmani.
Humayun Ahmed won Ekushey Padak in 1994 and Bangla Academy Padak in 1981. Besides being a bestselling author, he was also hugely popular as a teleplay maker and filmmaker.
Ayomay, Bahubrihi, Kothao Keu Nei and Ei Sab Din Ratri – which he created for BTV in the 1980s and 90s – are frequently cited as some of the best drama series ever produced in Bangladesh.
His first film, Shonkhonil Karagar, war released in 1992, while his last film Ghetu Putra Kamala was released in 2012 shortly after his death. In-between, he made acclaimed and award-winning films like Aguner Parashmani, Shyamol Chaya, Shraban Megher Din and others.
He died from colorectal cancer at the age of 63 at a hospital in New York City.
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