Shawkat Osman remembered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:02, Jan 03,2018

 
 

Ahmad Rafique speaks at a commemorative programme on Shawkat Osman at Bangla Academy on Tuesday.— Snigdha Zaman

Late eminent writer Shawkat Osman was remembered at a programme held at Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall of Bangla Academy on Tuesday.
Kothashilpi Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad organised the commemorative programme marking the 101st birth anniversary of Shawkat Osman. The programme featured discussion and distribution of newly introduced Shawkat Osman Literary Award. Besides, a documentary on life and works of Shawkat Osman was also screened on the occasion.
Science and technology minister Yafes Osman, also the son of Shawkat Osman, and Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan were present in the programme as discussants.
Tagore researcher and language movement veteran Ahmad Rafique, also president of Kothashilpi Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad, presided over the occasion.
The organisers honoured Ahmad Rafique with the first Shawkat Osman Literary Award in lifetime achievement category.
Ahmad Rafique said, ‘It is awkward to accept an award from an organisation of which I am also the president. I, however, feel deeply honoured to receive the first Shawkat Osman Literary Award’.
The award, introduced by Kothashilpi Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad in association with Apex, will also honour a young writer from next year, said Jean Nesar Osman, son of Shawkat Osman.
Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan said, ‘Shawkat Osman had a very distinctive writing style that earned him a permanent place in Bangla literature. Moreover, he was a wise man and a patriot, who loved for his country and its people.’
‘I remember my father as a man devoted to his family. Besides, he made time for his students. He was man of integrity with a strong sense of patriotism and honesty’, said Yafes Osman.
Shawkat Osman was born on January 2, 1917 in Hooghli, West Bengal, India. His real name was Sheikh Azizur Rahman while Shawkat Osman was his penname. After the partition, Osman settled in East Pakistan.
Though known mainly as a novelist, he also excelled in a number of genres such as short stories, essays, plays, humorous writings, memoirs and books for children.

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