The 82nd anniversary of birth of the iconic poet Al Mahmud, who developed a unique style through spontaneous presentation of traditional culture in diction and presentation of his poems, will be celebrated today in informal way.
Like the previous few years, the diehard fans of the ailing poet, who does not appear in any public function these days, will greet him going to his Maghbazar residence today, Al Mahmud’s eldest son Sharif Mahmud told New Age on Tuesday.
‘His fans and well-wishers often come to meet him as he cannot go out for multiple old age complications,’ Sharif said adding that whenever he feels well Al Mahmud composes poems taking help of his grandson to write down those.
Al Mahmud’s last publication, his autobiography titled ‘Jiban Jakhan Bak Ghore’, was published in last February during the Amar Ekushey Granthamela.
The composer of Sonali Kabin, Kaler Kalash and several other wonderful collections of contemporary Bangla poems, Al Mahmud was born at Mourail village in Brahmanbaria in 1936.
Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud started writing poems as Al Mahmud at his teen age.
A language movement veteran, Mahmud fled his home and came to Dhaka in 1954. Subsequesntly began working as a journalist with the Dainik Millat and weekly magazine Kafela.
Mahmud’s unique skill of presenting the nature and emotion of the ordinary people in his poems published in several magazines including the famous Kobita, edited by Buddhadev Bose gave him recognition in literary circles in Dhaka and Kolkata in the late 1950s.
His first collection of poems Lok Lokantare was published from Dhaka in 1963 followed by Kaler Kalosh three years later.
In 1968, he received Bangla Academy award.
Al Mahmud’s collection of Bangla sonnets Sonali Kabin (1973), which he dedicated to his peer poet Shamsur Rahman, is regarded to be the poet’s magnum opus.
The title of the collection symbolically represents the poet’s bond with the land. And the sonnets feature patriotism, rustic life, rivers, villages, human relationship, romance, affection, love and struggles as dominant themes.
Mayabi Parda Duley Otho, Arabya Rajanir Rajhas, Bakhtiar-er Ghora and Dwitiya Bhangon are among his 26 collections of poems.
Al Mahmud also wrote novels and short story collections, including, Pankourir Rakto, Gandha Banik, Dahuki, Jebhabe Bere Uthi, Kabi O Kolahol, Upamohadesh, Kabiler Bon, Nishinda Nari and Purush Sundar.
Al Mahmud joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1975 as assistant director at research and publication department. In 1993, he retired from the academy as the director of the department.
Mahmud received many awards including the Ekushey Padak in 1987.
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